Trending Fort Worth Exercise Boutiques

Large fitness centers can be found on every corner, but while the gym is an easy place to run on the treadmill, lift a few wights, or ride a bike, the people of Fort Worth are thrilled about the opening of some of America’s hottest exercise boutiques.

One of the first exercise boutiques to arrive in Fort Worth, specifically tailored for women, was Smart Barre.


The Smart Barre studio first opened it’s doors in June of 2011, right on the well-trafficked street of Camp Bowie.

The Founder, Allison Poston, 40, taught Smart Barre for a group of clients at the Margo Dean School of Ballet, but after finder herself frustrated by transporting her equipment every day, she decided to open up her own space.

“Our motto “Know Your Body” is an invitation to be kind to yourself, knowing when to push yourself for that extra count of eight, and knowing and respecting yourself when you need to stop,” said Poston.

Smart Barre uses a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet techniques throughout their hour-long classes to focus on proper alignment, isometric movement, and stretching to help women sculpt, tone, and strengthen those hard to reach spots.

Hayley Wateska, 26, and a leading Smart Barre Instructor said, “We really aim to give each client a personal experience in class so that we are protecting their bodies and helping them reach their own personal goal, not the goal of the other 15 ladies in class.”

ZYN22 has also taken Fort Worth by storm with it’s one of a kind, 45-minute indoor cycling classes.


Melissa Page, 45, the Co-Owner and Instructor of ZYN22 said that after watching some of the biggest cities in America go viral with this fitness model, she and her husband decided to open up shop in Fort Worth since that was where her husband’s investment business was.

“We’ve been described as a third part hardest workout, a third yoga, and a third therapy session.  We don’t just spin, we ride to the beat of the music and also incorporate weights to make it a total body workout,” says Page.

Denis Morton, 37, and called the Zynsei Instructor, spends his time directing, teaching, and training future spin instructors.


“The elements that set us apart in local boutique fitness are a special blend of music, movement and motivational speaking,” Morton said, “that combined, makes ZYN22 a total mind/body experience as opposed to just a workout.”

Carleigh Klein, 18, and the front desk assistant for Smart Barre, while currently in training to become a ZYN22 instructors says, “I think the people in Fort Worth have been longing for exercise boutiques that are fun, engage in the community, and strengthen your mind as well as your body.”



Texas Wesleyan University Poetry Event

Texas Wesleyan University hosted the Mitchell-Reed Community of Learners poetry event on Tuesday in the Library. 


Guest poets, Mitchell Hartman, Alan Gann, and Jeffery DeLotto took the podium to share their latest work. 

The crowd consisted of Wesleyan alumni and a few students, who were unsure what to anticipate during this poetry reading. 

Jennifer Link, 40, and an undergraduate psychology major said, “I enjoyed Michelle Hartman’s work most. One of her poems brought tears to my eyes. Like good art, good poetry should make you feel something.” 

Alan Gann humored the crowd with Southern, white, liberal, undertones found throughout his poetry readings.

Michelle Hartman’s work emphasized political satire; she said, “I’ve been accused of ruining children’s literature, but what the heck.” 


Jeffery DeLotto brought in a solemn air with his deep and remorseful poetry. 

While several students and alumni enjoyed the event, others expressed slight distaste and critique. 

Sonja Gaddy, 48, and a reading/writing graduate student enjoyed the execution of the poems best, claiming that sometimes they were too picturesque! 

“One thing I didn’t like was there negative comments towards religion,” Gaddy said. “although I recognize personal perspective of poetry.”