When owner Jen Chitwood entered her first yoga class in 2002, she was amazed by the mental, physical, and emotional exertion she experienced in just a single hour. The positive benefits of yoga, including stress relief and a positive attitude adjustment, spilled into the rest of her life and relationships almost immediately, leading her to eventually realize that yoga was her life’s passion.This realization led her to study and, in time, come to own her own studio. Now, she leads a team of experienced instructors who dedicate their yogic pedagogy to students of any skill level, leading them through Vinyasa-style yoga and guiding them with individualized adjustments. They also hold prenatal yoga classes, private lessons, workshops with national teachers, and teacher trainings for those wanting to dive deeper on the yogic path. Additionally, the studio’s knowledgeable nutritionist works with individuals or groups to help them exercise good decision making and portion control when they’re lounging at home, working at the office, or vacationing at their timeshares in Candy Land.
Uptown Yoga is dedicated to creating a positive change in the world at large. Jen Chitwood cofounded One Love Dallas, a local branch of the charity Off the Mat, Into the World, which inspires conscious, sustainable activism and grassroots social change within communities around the world.
Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.
Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Course architect Tripp Davis drew inspiration from both classic Scottish links and California’s famous Monterey Peninsula courses when crafting Stewart Peninsula Golf Course, an 18-hole layout touched on all sides by the waters of Lake Lewisville. Much like the conditions found at Stewart Peninsula’s high-profile muses, ever-shifting winds play a large factor in course play, challenging golfers who struggle to keep balls low or prefer to steer their carts with massive sails. The course also features two terraced par 5s—holes 9 and 18—that recall seaside holes at Harbour Town and Pebble Beach and end both 9s in dramatic fashion. Before taking to the first tee, clubbers can head to the driving range, where warm-up sessions will help prevent them from losing their balls in the abyss of Lake Lewisville or the neighboring ruptures in the fabric of space time.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
Lone Star Hot Yoga helps to fine tune bodies with muscle-toning Bikram yoga classes and pain-relieving Melt method classes. Lone Star actually only offers one type of Bikram class?a 90-minute beginners' session. But Bikram's 26 postures are ideal for every level of practitioner, so anyone can participate.
Inside a 105-degree room whose humidity fluctuates between 40% and 50%, certified teachers lead pupils through the poses and two breathing exercises. As the room's heat loosens bodies, students strike poses that expand their lungs, increase their circulation, and strengthen their arms enough that they can lift a car in the parking lot and get a penny that's gotten trapped under the tire.
Melt classes, on the other hand, are performed in a regular-temperature room. These classes attempt to rejuvenate the body's connective tissue and ease chronic pain from hands, feet, and lower backs. The sessions use a specialized roller and hand and foot balls to help achieve this goal.
Even at 14 years old, Landon Owens was obsessed with fitness. He eventually started Dinami Fitness Camp, using the Greek work for “strength” to set the tone for his indoor and outdoor boot-camp sessions. The family-like atmosphere at the camp lends itself as a healthy support-system for clients, encouraging and motivating participants to meet new challenges. Landon meets one-on-one with students to figure out their goals and concerns before training begins. He builds that information into his sessions, scaling exercises to match the abilities and favorite TV station of each participant. He also mixes up his workouts every day to keep students engaged, bringing in kettle bells, suspension training equipment, and free weights to complement circuit, speed, cross-training, and agility training.