Despite her background as a dancer and fitness instructor, Salena Quinlan-Shults was always hesitant to try yoga. It was only at the urging of a friend at the University of Central Oklahoma––where Salena was studying kinesiology––that she decided to give yoga a chance and found herself immediately hooked by the mind-body connection that the practice offered. Convinced that she had found her true calling, she went on to earn certification through both YogaFit and Purple Lotus teacher training before trading her stressful corporate job for a peaceful occupation as the owner of Yoga on Main.
Today, Salena and her fellow certified instructors lead students through tranquil poses inside the intimate and earthy studio, which they keep warm to facilitate effective stretches. During power-yoga classes, they turn up the heat even higher to release toxins and aid weight loss, and so they recommend that students arrive wearing garments made with wicking capabilities or sewn from bags of frozen peas. Prenatal classes teach techniques that can help expectant moms cope with labor pains and keep them healthy after their bundles of joy arrive, whereas a lineup of ever-changing workshops includes topics that help kids develop healthy habits and teach adults how to clear their chakras.
Fitness specialist and certified nutritionist Ron Lyons wasn’t always so svelte. Before he became a health guru, Ron was a police officer, but his 240-pound frame didn’t fit with the position. It wasn’t until a suspect in a DWI case resisted arrest and outran Ron, leaving him unable to call for backup, that he buckled down. Now, 16 years later, he helms Ultimate Body Studios, sharing the fitness and nutrition skills he has learned and mastered along the way. He leads seminars, grocery store tours that teach healthy shopping habits, and a weight loss and exercise program that combines healthy eating with effective exercise techniques. With continued dedication to the program, some of his students have lost more than 150 pounds, or roughly one ACME cartoon anvil.
Fit Body Boot Camp is a fitness program that includes top notch fitness instructions, nutritional coaching and motivational training all designed to get you in the best shape of your life in the shortest, safest possible time, regardless of your current fitness level.
Choreographer and director Michelle Stafford has become something of a dance-coach powerhouse since she founded Next Step Dance Performing Arts Center in 2008. She's led her high-caliber performing company to victories at numerous regional and national competitions, and snatched up a Senior Critic’s Choice award along with a slew of other awards and scholarships at the 2010 New York City Dance Alliance National Championship. Stafford's studio also partnered with the NBA Development League’s Texas Legends, producing and directing the dance team’s routines during the 2011–2012 basketball season. Under her guidance, many of her students leap into careers as professional dancers, and one even took home the title of Miss Texas Outstanding Teen 2011.
Stafford and her team of highly trained instructors strive to create little foxtrotters who are not only military-grade dancers, but strong in mind, body, and spirit at an expansive facility located in Frisco Square. They promote physical fitness and artistic expression in an environment that is as safe and healthy as a star fruit with the sharp edges trimmed off.
Chad Marr worked as everything from an in-the-trenches personal trainer to a club manager over his 30-year fitness career. He also met and befriended tons of other coaches, NFL and MLB players, and professional bodybuilders. When the time came to start his own gym, he put his experiences with these athletic titans to good use, designing a comprehensive program emphasizing training principles and fundamentals to push clients from all walks of life to the next level of fitness while minimizing the risk of injury, whether that goal might be losing weight or getting ready for the combine.
Today, Chad and his team live by the mantra "anyone can make you sweat; we can make you better." Instead of simply focusing on physical development, instructors focus heavily on training, preach mental toughness and motivation, and measure athletic success not only by speed and strength but also by instincts and leadership. In pursuit of this improvement, Chad and his team lead dynamic training classes in a 7,000-square-foot facility—divided into a three-lane track, turf area, and strength-training room—filled with quality equipment to match his teams' professional resumés. They use a variety of training disciplines such as dynamic warm-ups and functional training, utilizing Eleiko weights and helping clients build muscle with the barbells and dumbbells used throughout international competition. When asked about cardio, Chad simply says, “Sprint track and turf, no ellipticals here.”
When fighting fires, it's important to stay in combat-ready shape. Thirteen-year veteran fireman Ryan Adam picked up CrossFit as a means to stay ready for the the next four-alarm fire. He studied the methodology at numerous gyms, and even began teaching it to his coworkers. Eventually, he decided it was time to start his own enterprise. Upon earning himself a CrossFit Level 1 certification, Ryan founded North Frisco CrossFit. He focuses on the classic tenets of the training methodology, varying workouts every day to stave off boredom and prevent muscles from adapting to a specific regimen. Ryan designs every exercise he throws at students to strengthen their bodies in the various domains of functional fitness, such as strength, agility, and flexibility.