For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
After 28 years in the United States Army and 16 years as a master fitness trainer and personal trainer, Trish Fisher understood firsthand what it takes to stay fit, especially when injuries get in one's way. To share her hard-won knowledge with the public, she became DeVoir Fitness Studio's director and began choosing and designing programs to help clients get and stay fit. She works with other trainers who also bring their own expertise to the programs. Together, they teach a wide array of classes that range from proprietary workout programs such as Piloxing, Pilates and R.I.P.P.E.D. to small group-focused, intense workouts such as Boot Camp, Kettlebells and T-DeZyne.
In 1997, Damian Cortez decided that a crammed calendar shouldn't cancel out exercise. He founded Specialized Fitness as a way to transport the gym to working men and women, either at their home or in their office buildings. Today he sends insured and certified personal trainers to more than 100 houses, where they set up equipment and guide clients through customized cardio and resistance routines. The company also has two of its own gyms and boot-camp classes, which incorporate innovative workout tools?such as tires, ropes, and sledgehammers?to keep groups engaged. Body-composition assessments help track progress throughout the training programs and ensure that coiled springs have taken the place of fat deposits.
When 16-year-old Roger Soler crossed the finish line first at the Peruvian National Junior Championship, his victory marked the beginning of a love affair with running. At age 18, he set a Peruvian record in the 1500-meter and eventually brought his talents to the U.S., where he competed in the 5000-meter race at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Through it all, Roger nurtured a genuine fondness for running that blossomed into a full-fledged passion when he opened the first Soler's Sports more than two decades ago.
Today, Soler's Sports boasts four locations staffed by athletes with real-life experience in biking and running and was awarded a spot on Running Insight's Top 50 Running Stores of 2011. Staffers tend to customers on an individual basis, guaranteeing sneakers to accommodate gaits and bikes to fit bodies based on detailed analyses. Once employees have profiled the perfect shoe or bike, they help patrons find them, searching through the store’s stock, which includes brands such as Ridley Bikes, Vibram FiveFingers, Vitalsox, and Spibelt. Patrons can test-drive new kicks and wheels at the store's group runs and rides.
Divine Body emphasizes an absolutely judgment-free zone as it invites exercisers to participate in fitness classes no matter their age or ability. A staff of encouraging instructors teaches classes that focus on aspects of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, cardio, and three levels of Zumba that cater to older adults or those seeking targeted body sculpting. Divine Body’s facilities also offer childcare and showers.
Rick Martinez began his career as a registered nurse, working in emergency rooms across the country to help patients overcome intense physical traumas. However, it was during an 18-month tour of service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that Rick encountered the mother of a wounded soldier who changed his aspirations in life. Her indomitable spirit and the bravery with which she supported her son through his pain and recovery inspired Rick. Fully intent on helping people develop the unflinching resolve needed to better their own lives and well-being, he founded Fitness Porvida—Fitness for Life.
The center’s health gurus lead CrossFit and fitness sessions for students of virtually any fitness level, using functional exercises to create challenging, full-body workouts that build the strength and endurance necessary for students to bench-press their bathtubs. Yet physical exercise isn’t the only tool that the trainers employ—they also use nutritional guidance and camaraderie to empower their clients. Rick summarized this approach to the San Antonio Business Journal in 2010, saying, “when we treat the body as a whole the results are fantastic.”