Certified yoga instructor Lisa Leonard leads Vinyasa Flow classes, which strengthen and tone bodies and calm minds through a series of linked yoga poses. Students may start off seated on the floor, inhaling and exhaling deeply, before slowly transitioning to poses that challenge the core and improve balance. Eventually, they'll work their way to standing poses that stretch out the body and increase flexibility.
Lisa can tailor her lessons to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. The certified yoga-chair specialist also teaches clients unable to participate in her traditional classes due to their advanced age or physical limitations.
Light floods the cozy studio and streams through the wall-to-wall windows to bounce off the mirrors lining the practice space. High-energy music thumps through in the studio, giving students the extra oomph needed to motor through cardio moves or shake hips in a variety of fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba and ME (Movement & Energy) classes keep the mood playful, while stretch classes offer a tranquil respite in which muscles can elongate or practice imitating rubber bands. Expert instructors fuse yoga, ballet, and Pilates in barre classes, which help tone and sculpt muscles in 45- to 60-minute sessions.
As a child, Jennifer Earl loved dancing: she excelled in ballet, tap, and jazz. But the self-proclaimed Zumba Queen didn't discover her passion for the dance-workout fusion until 2009. After being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, she struggled to stay motivated at the gym?then she took her first?Zumba class. Jennifer was hooked, and became a licensed instructor for both?Zumba?and?Zumbatomic, designed for kids ages 4?12.
Today, the Texas City native teaches group?Zumba classes four days a week at two locations. She even offers private workouts with a party atmosphere, perfect for ladies' nights, kids' birthdays, and family reunions that get awkward if people talk for too long.
Innovative Fitness hosts a broad curriculum of fitness classes and personal-training options that allow individuals to tailor their experience to personal preference, whether its to lose weight, build muscle, or just have fun. Functional fitness lies at the core of the trainers' approach. Functional exercises performed at shortened intensities build greater muscle fitness and performance levels, and the staff design specialized regimens that accommodate each client's competency. Guests looking for a balanced approach to fitness may opt for boot camps that stress a mix a cardiovascular work and resistance training, whereas fun-seekers can inject some liveliness into workouts with Zumba dance classes. Through a personal-training regimen, individuals can consult an experienced trainer during weekly training sessions that provide much quicker feedback than writing to a fitness pen pal.
Located at the Johnson Space Center, Gilruth Fitness Center boasts indoor and outdoor facilities. Rows upon rows of cardio and weight machines greet visitors in the Strength & Cardio Center, and bikes and exercise balls dwell in the mirrored spinning studio. In the Outer Space weight room, TRX straps, ropes, and tractor tires teach exercisers how to conjure tractor parts with their brain muscles, and yoga and Pilates practitioners beeline toward the tranquil Inner Space studio. A basketball court and gymnasium and a versatile hardwood class studio are among the rest of Gilruth's indoor offerings. Outside, exercisers bound across two jogging trails, and a sports park.
Music floods over the sound system as dancers on their tiptoes grip a ballet barre. A wooden floor supports their moves as they stare into a mirror, which reflects their perfectly pointed legs and angelic halos. At Center Stage Studio, owner, founder, and director Temi Woodley captains a team of instructors who lead dance and fitness classes in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Youngsters and adults alike can attend a wide variety of group classes, such as Zumba, hip-hop, two-step, and spiritual praise dancing. The studio also opens its doors for private dance or fitness lessons and birthday parties.