In one Zumba class, you can burn up to 1,000 calories in a single class. That’s thanks to a fusion of simple-to-learn dance moves and aerobics set to upbeat Latin rhythms—a fun alternative to the traditional fitness class. Certified instructors lead the Zumba classes at ZFIT 4U Studio, and they want everyone to feel as if they’re dancing rather than just working out. There’s even a club-like atmosphere in the colorful studio—the walls are painted brilliant neon shades, there are special lighting effects, and a DJ shouts out the day’s lottery numbers every hour. In addition to Zumba classes for kids, adults, and seniors, the studio offers kickboxing and salsa sessions.
Forte Fitness’s owner, Alicia Streger, gathers a crew of trainers whose backgrounds are as diverse as the exercises performed within her boot camps. When not motivating people to achieve their fitness goals, instructors spend time participating in fitness competitions and charity camps within the community, building strong bonds and increasing their accountability and success as co-trainers. Each instructor's background is reflected in his or her physical and mental fitness, and they try to instill that discipline in students through their 21-day Belly Blast Challenges, boot camps, and regular kettlebell courses, all supplemented with nutritional education. For traveling clients who don’t want to lose the rhythm of their routine, the instructors assemble their 20 favorite body-weight exercises, ones that conveniently don’t require using any particular equipment or punching any particular wall.
During one-hour sessions, Sexy Assets Fitness’s veteran trainers mentor women of all fitness levels and body types in the art of sultry movement. The studio’s four-level pole sequence coaches students clad in comfy, close-fitting workout wear in everything from introductory moves to stage-worthy inversions. Booty Bouncing sessions impart posterior moves such as the pop and the shake, and the Latin beats of Zumba classes drive cardio routines and toning exercises. High ceilings oversee the black and candy-pink walls of Sexy Assets' studios, preparing students to not only shimmy around poles but ascend them to rescue stranded kittens.
At Dance Fitness & Training, Mario Torres and his team of instructors specialize in salsa and bachata classes for dancers of all skill levels. Torres, who has been dancing since age 12 and has won various competitions since, believes that “if you can walk, then you can dance,” a philosophy that he injects into each class that he teaches. Along with orienting feet with expert dance instruction, teachers also hold dance-fitness and boot-camp classes to help students burn excess calories and tone their muscles.
The certified trainers at JustFit use scientific research and principles to help their clients achieve their goals. Based on the belief that “being realistic is the most commonly traveled path to mediocrity,” trainers design workout plans for clients based on the body’s three primary energy sources: the ATP/phosphocreatine system, the glycolytic system, and the oxidative system. By targeting each group, they can maximize calorie burning and help clients build muscle, burn fat, or train for specific sports.
Certified instructor and owner of CrossFit Vindicate, Chris Hall has had a lifetime of sports experience teach him how to train. However, it was an ACL tear that taught him that CrossFit is the ideal system, whether hurt, healthy, training for a marathon, or just trying to stay fit. It’s an intense system that employs constantly varied functional movements to achieve a full-body workout, using elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and track and field. Chris can also scale each session to each individual, ensuring everyone gets the most out of the class without being intimidated by the daily workout.