At Oasis Club and Spa for Women, the dual energizing effects of exercise and relaxation meet under the same roof. Ladies of any age can seek out camaraderie and encouragement as they burn calories in outdoor boot-camp programs, Pro Fit semiprivate personal-training sessions, and group classes that include Zumba, yoga, and circuit training. Even when prepping for solo workouts, guests can benefit from the warm staff's instructions on how to use their stock of HumanSport functional-training equipment from Star Trac.
Spa visits needn't be a solitary affair, either. Friends can find serenity simultaneously with party packages for girls' nights and outings for couples, brightening their complexions with Dermalogica skincare products and gabbing about the latest in cucumber-based eyewear. The spa tries to incorporate all-natural ingredients into treatments such as Bronze Biologic spray tans, Nufree botanical hair removal, and hot-stone massages.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled Sgt H20's Combat Swim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. Each aquatic session tests fitness practitioners of all ability levels with moves designed to maximize lung capacity, boost swimming speed, and tone the entire body. Water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of exercise, and the pool’s gentle gravity proves easy on the joints. Exercisers tackle tasks such as pool sprints, towel swims, treading water with weights, bending submarines over one’s knee, and group exercise drills, as well as aquatic conditioning kicks. In Dallas, Sgt H20's personal training programs entitle trainees to attend complimentary boot-camp classes if they complete three hours of personal training per week. An online depository of nutritional advice helps students keep their weight-loss or healthy-living efforts on track.
When Kristen Horler had her first child, she, like many new mothers, found that the time demands of parenting made it difficult to exercise. The only workout options open to her were to hire an expensive personal trainer or call a babysitter each time she wanted to go to the gym. Luckily, Horler wasn't just a mom—she was also a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, and triathlete. She soon devised Baby boot camp, a stroller-fitness program that lets new moms and mothers to be engage in challenging workouts while interacting with their babies. StrollFit, the camp's most popular class, leads women through cardio drills, strength training, and gentle stretching routines, ending it all with an intense ab workout designed to whittle down baby weight and redefine the meaning of "tummy time." They also host Strollga, a yoga-inspired fitness class that uses strollers as props, and even lead an eight-week 5K training program.
By teaching mat- and machine-based Pilates workouts, Pilates on Pinecroft's three certified instructors help students improve their physical fitness, recover from injuries, and augment their athleticism. The team welcomes new students to schedule a private session to become better acquainted with the system of ropes and pulleys that comprise Pilates Reformer machines, and in the process master core-bolstering mat moves. The staff also encourages clients who prefer to dive right into one of the studio's dynamic group classes. Classes incorporate props such as foam rollers, bands, exercise balls, and goofy abstract items attached to improve comedians, all of which conspire to promote the development of lean muscle and increase flexibility.
Eric and Michelle Garner founded Magnolia Elite Fitness as a tonic for their frustration at the limitations of both small and gargantuan gyms. In an effort to create a happy medium, they started the CrossFit-centric workout haven. They each have level 1 certification in the art, which underscores their authority in serving their signature CrossFit dish to hungry exercisers. The program incorporates a variety of functional movement drills to challenge and strengthen muscles. Eric's and Michelle's gym takes on a decidedly family-friendly characteristic thanks to daycare services and the Disney mascots that participate in workouts. Whether tanning or lifting heavy metal, clients can retire afterward to locker rooms and showers.