Houston = Fat City!
They can call us Fat City all they want. It's not our fault that Houston is home to some top-notch restaurants where you can find a great meal for under $10 just about anywhere you look. Heck, half those meals come with free chips and salsa. But as long as we work to counteract the queso, we'll be all right. Houston has gyms in every corner. From big to small, from personal to meat market, there's a gym -- and a workout routine -- to fit us all.
24 Hour Fitness
1550 Post Oak Blvd., 713-840-1436; Willowbrook, 7300 West Greens Road, 281-894-6151; 12260 Gulf Fwy., 713-943-2220; 4950 FM 1960 W., suite A1, 281-583-9333; 1000 Campbell Rd., 713-984-0606; 12400 Westheimer, 281-493-1874; 11320 Westheimer, 281-870-8600; 5080 Richmond, 713-963-9644; 16203 Clay Rd., 281-550-3066; 10707 Westheimer, 713-977-0057; 8650 Endicott Ln., 713-665-2411
Your excuses list just got shorter -- you can cross "can't make the time" right off it. Just as the name says, 24 Hour Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with locations all over the city. Work out at 4 a.m. if you want to.
American Lady Spa & Men's Gym
9301 Bissonnet, 713-270-0300
American Lady Spa & Men's Gym caters to professionals, individuals and families. So get your kid off the Xbox and in here. They offer cutting-edge workout facilities with a child-friendly environment.
Bally Total Fitness
430 W. Greens Rd., 281-872-1130; 5215 FM 1960 W., suite B, 281-440-9835; 7255 Clarewood Dr., suite 250, 713-771-8395; 2500 Dunstan, 713-521-3113; 15415 Katy Fwy., 281-578-9191; 3936 N. Shepherd Dr., 713-695-5824; 9801 Katy Fwy., 713-467-8181; 1980 Post Oak Blvd., suite A, 713-960-1037; 7737 W. Bellfort, 713-729-7049; 13350 Northwest Fwy., 713-690-1006
Built with your workout in mind. Whether you're looking for the latest equipment, personal trainers or nutritional products, this club has it all for you. You'll find all the amenities and support you need to help you get the results you want.
BeneFIT Personal Training
BeneFIT Personal Training provides affordable, in-home personal fitness training services throughout the USA. Since its inception in 1996, BeneFIT personal trainers have supported hundreds of people in reaching their health and fitness goals.
Body & Soul Nutrition & Fitness
14085 Main, 713-721-7099, www.bodyandsoulfitnessonline.com
They've got it all down there on the south side: free weights, universal equipment, circuit training, supervised weight training, personal trainers, corporate fitness program, juice and smoothie bar, apparel boutique, sauna and massages.
10640 Westheimer, 832-251-8080, www.bonafitness.com
Houston's newest fitness club offers some of the area's best personal trainers with incredible track records. Whether you train with a personal trainer or just need a great place to work out, you will be certain to get results at B.O.N.A. Fitness. Come experience a motivating atmosphere with a wide range of free weights and exercise equipment to fit your needs.
Champions Fitness Together
5505 FM 1960 W., suite 516, 281-583-2348, www.ftchampions.com
You might see lots of weight machines in this facility, but it's far from an ordinary gym. We're told it smells much better, too. Because the emphasis at Fitness Together is on personal training, their rooms are private. In fact, they guarantee that you will never have to wait in line for a machine or feel like anyone else is judging your physical ability. That's because every time you enter the facility, your personal trainer will take you to your private room and guide you through your entire exercise routine.
Choice Fitness Resources
1627 Fall Valley Dr., 281-497-3726
Choice is a fitness consulting firm specializing in helping black females with exercise, nutrition, health and fitness information and related issues.
Bear Creek, 15420 FM 529, 281-855-3488
You know you've still got those leg warmers you used to sport in the '80s in one of your closets. Dig 'em out and feel the revolution that is Jazzercise.
North Shore, 13301 East Fwy., suite 221, 713-330-1200; 17550 W. Little York, suite 9, 281-463-1939; 12218 Jones Rd., suite I, 281-890-5900; 5125 FM 1960 W., 281-537-3000; Jersey Village, 11300 West Rd., 281-477-8855; Mission Bend, 14641 Beechnut, 832-328-0779; Clear Lake, 1956 El Dorado Blvd., 281-990-9636; 7575 San Felipe, suite 101, 713-975-0500; 5326 Weslayan, 713-839-0500; 1330 Wirt Rd., suite L, 713-956-4846; 12002 Richmond, suite 400, 281-531-1302; 2600 Gessner, suite 114, 713-939-8088; 1225 W. 43rd, 713-957-2003; 444 W. 19th, 713-861-9602; 12124 Greenspoint, 281-875-9999; 14749 Memorial Dr., 281-920-3300; 13420 Tomball Pkwy., suite C, 281-272-9292; 8592 Hwy. 6 N., 281-861-9854; 11003 Fuqua, 713-910-8500; Northwest Crossing, 13147 Northwest Fwy., suite 130, 713-460-4846; 4916 S. Main, suite 120, 713-524-5005; 259 FM 1960 E. Bypass, 281-446-1122
Curves is the largest fitness franchise in the world, with more than 8,000 locations worldwide. They are the first fitness and weight loss facility dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women, and they started right here in Houston. Only one place can give you the strength of more than four million women. This new concept of 30-minute fitness, strength training, weight-loss guidance and a comfortable environment designed for women is appealing to women on the go.
DJ's Better Body Fitness
1987 West T.C. Jester Blvd., 713-864-1231, www.djsbetterbody.com
This studio offers weights, cardio, supplements and top-notch personal training.
Exposure Indoor Rock Climbing
6970 FM 1960 W., 281-397-9520, www.exposurerockclimbing.com
Exposure has more than 10,000 square feet of rocklike textured climbing area with routes for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, to keep you challenged all day long. Exposure is primarily a top rope gym, meaning the rope is already set for you and all you have to focus on is climbing. For those who have been climbing for some time and are lead-certified, about a fourth of the gym is grid-bolted, and lead ropes are available.
fit Athletic Club River Oaks
1532 W. Gray, 713-529-1515, www.fitathletic.com
fit Athletic Club River Oaks brings a fitness experience of unrivaled quality to Houston. Their beautifully designed space, state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge programs will enable you to reach and maintain your fitness goals for a healthier and happier life.
5320 Elm St., 713-668-6219
This no-frills gym in the Galleria area offers the perfect environment for the serious weight lifter.
1501 Durham, 713-880-9191, www.houstongym.com
Houston Gym boasts leading-edge equipment yet retains the casual feel of a neighborhood gym. It's a place for people who are serious about achieving physical fitness.
Lady of America Fitness Centers / Ladies Workout Express www.ladiesworkoutexpress.com
2621 S. Shepherd Dr., suite 230, 713-522-LOSE; 9621 Hillcroft, 713-729-5322; 9630 Westheimer, suite 9, 713-952-8400; 4444 FM 1960 W., suite 31, 281-537-0066; 1424 Spring Cypress Rd., 281-353-1268; 20635 Kuykendahl, 800-833-5239 ext. 1; 10228 Broadway, suite 154, 713-436-3660; 5425 Hwy. 6, suite A 300, 281-403-6454; 14900 Westheimer, 281-293-7777; 16305 Westheimer, suite 108, 281-920-4550; 9750 Hwy. 6 S., suite 104, 832-351-2828; 1480 Hwy. 6 S., 281-313-8333; 12754 Grant Rd., 281-955-1510; 19310 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., suite 130, 281-540-5239; 122-A W. Bay Area Blvd., 281-557-0018; 947 S. Mason Rd., 281-579-8503
Lady of America Fitness Centers offer a full-service women's-only health club. Each Lady of America knows what works for women and women only. They offer the latest contemporary female-sized equipment, innovative aerobics and cardiovascular programs, tanning, personal training and child care.
Lobo Sports Club
16223 Moon Rock Dr., 281-480-2255, www.lobosports.com
They offer one of the best upscale adult fitness clubs in the Houston-Clear Lake area with an attentive and knowledgeable staff. With a large variety of the most current workout equipment and a clean, comfortable facility, their goal is to make your workout as enjoyable as possible.
Memorial Athletic Club and Aquatic Center
14690 Memorial Dr., 281-497-7570, www.fitmac.com
A high-quality health and fitness center located in west Houston, their no-contract philosophy contributes to quality health programs around their aerobics classes, cardiovascular and fitness centers, aquatic center, racquetball facility and spinning classes. They pride themselves on providing a comfortable and clean environment, state-of-the-art equipment and programs that evolve with members' needs.
Northwest Fitness & Sports Club
5304 Hollister, 713-895-8688, www.northwestfitness.com
Members at Northwest Fitness & Sports Club enjoy ten racquetball courts, a squash court, a basketball court, a volleyball court, an outdoor lap pool, a large free-weights room and complete cardiovascular/fitness center along with classes in aerobics, yoga and karate. For the past 20 years, Northwest Fitness & Sports Club has provided its members with a friendly staff, experienced trainers and a social atmosphere that encourages them to participate in a wide variety of sports and activities.
One 2 One Training Center
6322 Richmond, 713-339-1100; 3930 Kirby Dr., 713-524-0300
Need a lil' inspiration to get those exercise juices flowing? One 2 One Training Center can assign you a personal trainer who'll kick your butt right into shape.
One on One Personal Fitness Studio
15219 Stuebner Airline, suite 10, 281-397-9175
The personal touch is the key here. Tired of the crowds and craziness at some of the commercial gyms? One on One promises you the personal attention you deserve.
Phat Body Gym
4945 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 713-644-7426
Well, the name might throw you off a bit, but in some circles "phat" is a good thing. So come on down and work off those pounds in an old-school way.
Powerhouse Gym Inc.
6136 Hwy. 6 N., 281-861-9494, www.powerhousegym.com
A state-of-the-art facility with all the components necessary to make your workout an effective and enjoyable experience. This facility offers a wide variety of amenities, including racquetball. Membership comes with complimentary travel privileges to more than 250 locations worldwide. Their cutting-edge personal training programs are specially designed with your needs in mind -- including fitness and weight management and nutritional consultations from certified professionals.
River Oaks 1 On 1 Gym / River Oaks SpinCycle
2740 Kirby Dr., 713-526-0046, www.riveroaksspin.com
River Oaks SpinCycle teaches group cycling classes at River Oaks 1 On 1 Gym, offering you a safe and effective way to stay fit. They have experienced instructors and a variety of class times for your convenience. Group cycling is a fun new way to work out for men and women of all ages; it provides a great cardiovascular workout or training for bike races.
ShapeXpress Fitness for Women
4854 Beechnut, 713-663-6444, www.shapexpress.com
ShapeXpress provides women of all ages and fitness levels cutting-edge fitness programs, advanced nutritional products and weight-loss counseling all under one roof. Their clubs feature the ShapeXpress Total Body Workout, utilizing their proprietary dual-hydraulic equipment in a high-impact circuit-training format. They also offer free weights, advanced cardio equipment and fitness classes. ShapeXpress fitness programs also incorporate personal training from ShapeXpress fitness instructors to help you achieve your fitness, health and weight-loss goals.
Stone's Gym Co-Ed
2424 Falcon Passage, 281-488-3155, 281-488-8250, www.stonesfitness.com
Stone's Gym offers women-only and coed fitness facilities. With 52 aerobics classes per week, three non-aerobics classes per week, yoga and kardio kick classes, spinning, martial arts classes, one-on-one personal training, regular body composition testing, personalized programs, resistance equipment, free weights, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, dressing rooms, nursery facilities, massage therapy and tanning beds for an additional fee.
2369 Rice Blvd., 713-874-1433, www.villagefitness.com
Village Fitness is a professional, personalized fitness training studio providing structured fitness programs designed to meet individual needs. The studio is a private, 4,300-square-foot facility located in the heart of the Rice Village, convenient to the Medical Center, Greenway Plaza and the residents of West University. The environment is non-intimidating to the novice, yet sufficiently equipped for the most experienced fitness enthusiast.
WEIGHT LOSS CENTERS
Jenny Craig Weight Loss Centers
5507 FM 1960 W., 281-586-7451
Kelley Shaun Weight Control
6512 San Felipe, 713-781-5566
Miracle Weight Loss Clinic
6440 Hillcroft, suite 100, 713-779-7546
Nutri-System Weight Loss Center
11920 Westheimer, 281-556-1438
Quick Weight Loss Centers
165 Greens Rd., 281-872-0067
Salud Em Forma
7700 Fulton, 713-699-1035
Break the Chain of Addiction
You've been meaning to quit smoking, drop the heroin habit and go to some classes about your sexual addiction. We know, we know, we've all been down that road before. The first thing you'll learn on your road to recovery is that there's no time like the present. You want to kick the habit? You've got to start here and now. Below you'll find some people and companies who can help you get through just about anything. There's nothing a lil' methadone won't fix, right? Or maybe some hypnosis. Or acupuncture. As Geto Boy Willie D once said, "Don't call Mama, cuz the bitch can't help ya." Read on.
Achievement Success Center
2715 Bissonnet, suite 301, 713-524-6377
Acupuncture & Quit Smoking Center
1990 FM 1960 W., 281-444-8310
Acupuncture Center International - LIC ACU Yin Bong Cheng
6910 Bellaire Blvd., suite 10, 713-776-3442
Acupuncture Clinic of Beijing
5959 W. Loop S., 713-661-0346, www.pekingclinic.com
Advanced Medical Hypnosis Clinic
908 Town & Country Blvd., suite 650, 713-722-8616
Alcohol Abuse 24-Hour Hotline
1121 Capitol, 713-226-7407
Alcoholicos Anonimos Oficina Intergrupal Hispana
4800 W. 34th, 713-683-9277
Alcoholics Anonymous Spanish Group
8926 Clarkcrest, 713-975-8666
Alcoholics Anonymous Area Intergroup Association
4140 Directors Row, suite D, 713-686-6300
14540 Minetta St., 713-729-3415; 4010 Highway 6 S., 281-752-4414; 3809 Main, 713-524-3682; 701 N. Post Oak Rd., suite 10, 713-956-5061; 1200 Blalock, 713-468-9103; 126 Forest Hill Blvd., 713-928-7121; 10035 Jensen Dr., 713-692-7812; Galena Park, 1611 First St., 713-673-8409; 6640 Harwin Dr., 713-972-0034; 13333 Chrisman Rd., 281-442-9519; 14340 W. Sylvanfield Dr., 281-444-7238; 3809 Main, 713-524-3682; 7219 Harrisburg Blvd., 713-921-1905; 617 E. Witcher Ln., 713-694-3401; 4282 S. Kirkwood Rd., 281-575-9649; 2115 Lawrence St., 713-862-9064
2323 S. Voss, suite 470, 713-789-0713
Community Recovery Center
Drug, Cocaine, Heroin Detox Helpline & Treatment
10900 Northwest Fwy., 713-684-6654
Houston Recovery Zone
9000 W. Bellfort, suite 250, 713-981-0922
Kimin Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic
1335 Space Park Dr., suite D, 281-333-0881
Methadone Clinic and Heroin Treatment Clinic
Methadone Maintenance Adult Rehabilitation and Detox
6600 Hornwood Dr., suite 6624, 713-541-4422
Methadone Maintenance Clinic
9320 Westview Dr., suite 10, 713-468-0536
2715 Bissonnet, 713-524-6377
North Houston Acupuncture Clinic
1990 FM 1960 W., 281-444-8310
Positive Changes Hypnosis
2201 W. Holcombe, suite 225, 832-242-1220, 713-838-1800
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