BEST PERSONAL TRAINER
J.R. Brown Flex Fitness
1409 S. Lamar St., #952. 214-428-3539.
Dallas is famous for its beautiful people: Some achieve perfection through surgery, injections and having the ugly sucked out of their bodies.
And then there are those who do it the old-fashioned way through dedication, diet and exercise. Yet most of us don’t have the consistent motivation or the knowledge to achieve our fitness goals completely on our own. That’s where a talented personal trainer can mean the difference between six-pack abs or the Schlitz 12-pack.
J.R. Brown, who started Flex Fitness six years ago with his partner, Tank Carson, is known for leading clients to physical greatness. With more than 200 success stories, he’s the go-to guy for bulging biceps, chiseled chests and rock-hard rear-ends. You can choose to train with J.R. and his team of trainers at Energy Fitness in Uptown, which boasts a line of cardiovascular equipment, free weights and machines. Or J.R. can come directly to your home.
Special services include a three-times-a-week boot camp, as well as “buddy training,” allowing you to work out with a partner, friend or co-worker and split the cost of each hourly session. Over the years, Brown has found great satisfaction and success in helping clients lose weight. After shedding 110 pounds himself 10 years ago, Brown understands the challenges and rewards that come with a weight-loss program.
Other clients hire J.R. so they can get in shape before big events like: circuit parties, leather contests or all-gay cruises. Event-driven deadlines create an intense and demanding workout schedule that inspires even J.R.
He’s not only committed to helping clients achieve results, but he also finds it important to strengthen the community. Last year, his annual “Big Muscle Weekend” and other events helped Flex Fitness raise more than $7,000 for the Resource Center of Dallas.
Turtle Creek Athletic Club
3102 Oak Lawn Ave. #300.
Centrum Building. 214-219-2167.
Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri. 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m.-6p.m.
BEST ATHLETIC APPAREL
3607 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-528-1290.
Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.
BEST STEAM ROOM-SAUNA
2616 Swiss Ave. 214-821-1990.
Seven days a week: 24 hours a day.
One-time membership $8, three-month gym membership $135, six-month membership $235, one-year membership $400.
BEST HEALTH FOOD & NUTRITION STORE
4100 Lomo Alto Drive. 214-520-7993.
Seven days a week: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
BEST SPORTING GOODS STORE
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Various locations. 888-922-2336.
BEST LOCAL SPORTS TEAM
Home games at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. DART light rail provides transportation to arena.
Next home game March 28 vs.
Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m.
BEST BOWLING CENTER
Don Carter Premier Bowling Centers
6601 Oakmont Blvd., Fort Worth.
Mon.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-close
Call or go online for special rates, league information and times.
Local Sports Team
Oak Lawn Soccer Club
“Very open and friendly
club with tons of hotties
and great soccer players.”
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 23, 2007