The Yoga Space’s experienced team of limb-bending yogis unbundles participants' tightly coiled muscles and repositions them into rejuvenating Hatha yoga postures. From within their intimate studio space, instructors meld breath and movement through a series of poses at variable paces, tailored for all levels of stretchers and soft-pretzel impressionists. Beginners classes slowly transition from one basic pose to another, and flow classes align each smooth reaction with the pace of timed breaths. All-level classes allow advanced yogis to court beginning downward-facing dogs with impressive displays of perfect warrior poses and ear-scratching with outstretched toes. Providing convenient courses for all lifestyles, The Yoga Space's flexible class schedule stretches evenly across seven-day spans, like a weeklong ration of Jell-O.
The motivating trainers at The Center for Fitness mold muscles and tone tensors through a variety of active, movement-oriented classes. With a three-class package, patrons can mix and match exercise routines with sessions culled from four disparate disciplines. Borrowing moves from South American dance, Zumba programs shake up fitness routines with a variety of groove-inspired workouts. Search for centered living through soothing tai chi, discovering innermost points full of soothing calmness or delicious nougat. Experienced instructors eliminate fat and calories with Pilates, making sure every muscle gets pumped up to its full potential, and yoga classes rejuvenate fizzled out flexors with stress-relieving positions and bends. Each class occurs within a brightly lit 1,600-square-foot studio outfitted with workout-enhancing equipment, letting exercisers burn calories to beats from a bumping sound system, refresh overheated bodies beneath breezy air conditioning, and commemorate muscular milestones with a turn in the gym's photo booth.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
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.”