Strings of pink lights glow against the hardwood floor inside Vamps Dance, where a knowledgeable crew aims to boost self-confidence and shape physiques through seductive pole-dancing sessions, informative workshops, and fantasy fitness classes. Several gold poles complement deep-purple walls draped with mirrors and contemporary artwork, which visually explains how to untie limbs that get tangled around the poles. The studio packs its schedule with small, exotic fitness classes, ranging from basic pole dancing to stripping-inspired sessions—no nudity allowed—that teach dancers how to sexily peel back layers of fabric. Each routine helps to build solid core muscles and provides an energizing workout as students spiral, climb, and bend around beams. Though most classes are geared toward females, Vamps Dance does offer a handful of male-centric sessions, and the studio plans to introduce aerial classes in the future.
Austin Fit Magazine named RockBody Boot Camp its Best Boot Camp of 2011 and also lauded its owner, Brian Prinzo, as one of the city’s Top 10 Fittest Trainers in 2010. But for Brian and his staff of experienced trainers, it’s not about the accolades; it’s about helping others lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Classes eschew routine courses of treadmills and bench presses for a variety of challenging workouts that put participants through a mash-up of strength, core, cardio, and interval training designed to push them to their personal limits. Best of all, the workouts provide the motivation and accountability needed to help exercisers push past plateaus, and exercises can be tailored to accommodate many fitness levels and concerns, such as arthritis, body pain, and conjoined sweatbands.
Megan Jaster's enthusiasm for the visual arts reached a fever pitch while she studied painting and philosophy at Texas State University, where world-renowned artists and mentors helped her realize the infinite ways with which to color a canvas. At ATX Art Classes, Jaster coaxes her students' inner impressionists to the surface by teaching them various painting techniques, composition, and tips for overcoming mental obstacles. Her classes accommodate the needs of both novice and experienced artists, and take cues from history's most celebrated painters, including Van Gogh, Degas, and Kahlo. The studio's painting workshops allow participants to freely lob brushstrokes at canvasses to create their own masterpieces depicting ballerinas, lost lovers, or jilted ears.
Helmed by Daniel Fenster, a chiropractor with more than 25 years of experience, Complete Wellness’s professional team assuages ailments with a wide array of healing services. The attentive staff, which includes a New York–licensed acupuncturist and a certified Prana yoga instructor, covers all facets of clients’ health histories before formulating comprehensive treatment plans to address symptoms as varied as chronic sinusitis, joint pain, and barnacle infestation. A personalized approach provides treatments ranging from chiropractic adjustments and massage to rehabilitative sports medicine and custom orthotics made in-house.
Texas School of Bartenders pours knowledge into students’ brains with in-depth, personal instruction from experienced bartenders behind fully operational bar stations. The school’s award-winning classes, taught at six locations in Texas and Oklahoma, place students in a real-life environment as they introduce concepts such as operating point-of-sale terminals, handling several orders at once, and dodging tennis balls fired by American Gladiators on their night out. A computerized job-placement program provides assistance and leads for graduates as they seek employment.
At Camp Gladiator, an intensive four-week exercise regimen crafted by certified personal trainer Ally Davidson guarantees speedy results and sweat-slicked brows for campers peppered across the fitness spectrum. The local boot-camp staff sends muscles on a brisk march toward a firmer condition six days a week, helming total-body workouts that include interval training, plyometrics, and an abs-twisting assortment of timed strength and agility drills. The staff regularly switches up workout regimens to ensure that muscles don't become as bored as nihilists in a bounce house. Aware that not all recruits have the same motives for joining their brigade, trainers customize the workouts to squeeze the best results from bodies of all ages and fitness abilities. The camp schedule varies based on location, with early-morning camps to awaken muscles stuck on snooze and evening sessions to end the day on a note of high endorphins.