Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
For more than 35 years, The Yoga Institute has been educating and enlivening its members through the exploratory practice of yoga. Classes help quiet the mind and loosen the body as students delve deeper into an eclectic blend of Vinyasa, Ashtanga-based, and Jivamukti-infused classes. Mix It Up classes take a different focus each week, including poses that use a wall and partner poses. Early-morning classes wake up the body with fluid movements, whereas advanced classes challenge students with rigorous inversions, arm balances, and backbends. Instructors pay special attention to proper alignment, offering adjustments to deepen a student’s physical practice and accompanying mental release.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
It’s just after 6 p.m. at Grady Park, and that sound is back. It starts as a quiet wheezing, slowly growing into a chorus of huffs, puffs, and the occasional groan. These guttural sounds aren’t coming from a wild beast or a meeting of Big Bad Wolves Anonymous—they’re coming from a trove of men and women sprinting, lunging, and jumping through Silverback Elite Fitness Boot Camp's intensive exercises. Twice per week, campers follow their faithful instructors through Grady Park and around McWhirter Elementary, dropping to the ground for a set of pushups or scooping a pair of dumbbells off the ground. The one-hour workout leaves campers’ hearts pounding, limbs shaking, and muscles burning; yet, within a matter of days, they’ll each return for another round, with a renewed sense of fitness and increased capacity to handle the grunt-inducing workouts.
Certified trainer Enrique has been whipping bodies into shape for more than 10 years. He combines cardio and strength exercises during outdoor and bridal-geared boot-camp classes. He also gives clients one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions aimed at reaching goals such as increasing flexibility, running a marathon, or somersaulting a half-marathon. His nutritional advice yields faster results for clients who blend their exercise routines with a new diet.