Mekanix Houston

FAQ

Expect a good workout that hits your entire body.   Our instructors engage all personnel and ensure they are guided through the movements correctly and safely ensuring that they not only get a good workout, but learn how to perform the exercise on their own.

Our standard calisthenics class lasts an hour and is broken down as follows:

  1. Warm-up and then stretching and mobility work to prepare the body to safely workout.
  2. Endurance body-weight circuits.  We typically do several sets of body weight circuits.  Each circuit consists of 2 – 4 different exercises.  Our instructor demonstrates the movements and ensures each person knows how to safely and properly perform each one.   Adjustments are given to make the exercise easier or harder depending on each  student’s skill level and needs.
  3. Strength circuits.  Similar to above, these circuits usually involve fewer repetitions that are more challenging.  As above, our instructor ensures each student has the exercise scaled to what they can comfortably handle.
  4. Conditioning.  We finish with a few minutes of vigorous cardiovascular or abdominal conditioning.
  5. Cool down and stretching.  Lastly, our instructor leads the group cool down and stretching to prevent injury and help with recovery.

We like to mix our classes up.  We do not believe in boring mundane classes which are repetitive and un-engaging.  Our standard calisthenics class lasts an hour and is broken down as follows:

  1. Warm-up and then stretching and mobility work to prepare the body to safely workout.
  2. Endurance body-weight circuits.  We typically do several sets of body weight circuits.  Each circuit consists of 2 – 4 different exercises.  Our instructor demonstrates the movements and ensures each person knows how to safely and properly perform each one.   Adjustments are given to make the exercise easier or harder depending on each  student’s skill level and needs.
  3. Strength circuits.  Similar to above, these circuits usually involve fewer repetitions that are more challenging.  As above, our instructor ensures each student has the exercise scaled to what they can comfortably handle.
  4. Conditioning.  We finish with a few minutes of vigorous cardiovascular or abdominal conditioning.
  5. Cool down and stretching.  Lastly, our instructor leads the group cool down and stretching to prevent injury and help with recovery.

A typical class will last for one hour.

  • Calisthenics focuses on both strength and control.  This means you are training your body not only to be stronger and more toned
  • Calisthenics is a well rounded workout.  A typical workout incorporates strength, mobility, and flexibility work all into about an hour.  With time at a premium for most of us, this is a massive benefit.
  • Calisthenics exercises can be performed almost anywhere.  It’s a perfect workout routine if you travel or just like taking your workout to different locations.
  • Calisthenics is a workout that can be performed for a lifetime.  It’s reliance on body weight means you can safely scale your workouts regardless of age.
  • Calisthenics provides strength training without the associated safety risk.  Many athletes find themselves getting injured with weight lifting programs.  Because calisthenics relies on body weight, it is a much safer alternative to building muscle.

Our classes are small, with 5- 10 students being typical.  We think our classes offer the perfect balance between personal instructor attention and the motivation and camaraderie of working out in a group.

We have onsite parking.  There is also plenty of street parking within a 50 meter walk (~ 1 min walk.)  If you need to park on the street, we recommend parking on W. Clay St which runs right next to El Tiempo 1308 Cantina.

We strive to create an environment where anyone would feel comfortable asking a question, and to keep classes small enough where it is easy for each student to engage with the instructor.  However, we certainly understand that some questions are more easily asked in a 1-on-1 setting.  Our instructors are available after class, or you can email one of the staff.

No!  We have students of all levels.  No prior knowledge of calisthenics is necessary, nor is a certain fitness level.  All we ask is that you bring a willingness to try hard.  Regardless of fitness level, we do recommend contacting us by phone or e-mail before your first class.  We can answer any questions you have and make sure you’re off to a great start on your very first visit.

Most importantly, bring a good attitude!  We strongly recommend you bring water (or bring an empty bottle and fill from our filtered water fountain.)   Many students bring a small sweat towel to wipe their face after class.

We will try to accommodate you where possible, but once the class has started you would have missed the instruction, explanation and warm ups.  This would be a distraction to your fellow class mates so we ask you be respectful of this and courteous to your fellow class mates.

Eating a small snack an hour or so before a workout can help fuel your body for top performance.  Picking the right snack and how much of it comes with knowing your body and also good nutrition.  If you have questions regarding nutrition, we’d be happy to make some recommendations of resources to look at.  Talk with your instructor.

 

Regular, comfy gym clothes are ideal.  Clean training shoes or sneakers is a must.

Yes.  We have bathrooms and showers on site.  Please make sure to bring your own towel if you want to shower.

Yes, please ask a member of staff for further details.

Please let our instructor know before class if you have any injuries or concerns.  Additionally, our instructors watch all students carefully during class and will proactively work with you to assist.  For example, they can show you how to modify an exercise to make it easier until you are ready to build to the full movement.  Or, perhaps you are limited due to flexibility, in which case the instructor can suggest stretches or movements to address.