Eight hundred. That's the estimate of how many calories students can burn during each of the fitness classes, held four times a week at Dynamic Cardio-Kickboxing. The instructors lead groups through 60-minute classes that combine muscle-toning kickboxing moves with calorie-burning cardiovascular exercise. Other benefits of the classes include increased flexibility and knowledge of self-defense techniques.
Inside Release Yoga’s heated studio, experienced instructors help students of all levels bend and twist their way into poses. Warm, flow, and hot yoga classes are among those held daily, and the space is also reserved for private lessons. In addition, an onsite massage therapist helps clients find relief from aches with bodywork and reiki sessions.
Yoga Center is a judgment-free zone that appeals to students of all ages, fitness levels, and body types. Five days a week, instructors teach Iyengar yoga, a form of yoga that focuses on alignment of the poses, controlled breathing, and holding poses for long periods rather than moving quickly from one pose to the next.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Inside The Li'l Yoga Shop's powder-blue studio, students strengthen muscles, flexibility, and mind-body connections under the guidance of certified yoga and Pilates instructors. Instructors spread themselves across three levels of yoga classes that vary in difficulty to accommodate practitioners of all abilities, easing beginners into the practice with fundamental poses and breath work and challenging decorated warriors with advanced strengthening and balancing postures and flawless 21-sun salutes. The Li'l Yoga Shop's resident meditation specialist and spirit-animal tamer, Eden Kozlowski, leads peaceful meditation sessions to help pupils calm minds and enhance body awareness. Pilates and Yogilates instructors focus on pushing students through rigorous workouts to build up core strength, alignment, and flexibility through efficient floor exercises that isolate specific muscle groups across the entire body.