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. 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.
Owner and instructor Julia Bowen spent more than a decade investigating anti-aging methods, natural healing, and movement of energy through the body before discovering the marriage of all three in yoga. Investigating yoga resulted in a new passion, which prompted her to open Yoga by Julia, enabling her to share yoga with others.
Julia's staff of 5 yoga instructors fill the week with a variety of levels of yoga class, from beginner to advanced, some sessions tailored to specific goals. The friendly teachers are knowledgeable, supportive, have undergone advanced training, and strive to make all classes fun and approachable. They supplement their schedule with the core-reforming regimens of Pilates and Yoga Sculpt, a vigorous class that combines cardio, yoga, and weight-lifting. All classes take place within their hardwood-floored studio, amid the sparkling light of sunshine and the bright glow of paper lanterns.
Teaching hips to swivel to new circumferences, trained dance instructors impart their masterful moves unto students in the respected tradition Arthur Murray has upheld since 1912. On the Albuquerque studio's more than 3,100-square-foot floor—a dance destination since 1952—students can tackle ballroom, social, or Latin dance, bringing a partner to their private lessons or flying solo and dancing with the instructor. Protégés may find their new moves applicable in a number of settings, such as when prepping for a wedding dance or when blending into an airport crowd that breaks out in a cha-cha. Regularly scheduled dance parties let students practice what they learned in lessons, slicing and dicing rugs with new fleet-footed friends.
New Mexico Fit Personal Training's owner, Michelle Morath, curates a curriculum of 11 different classes six days a week. Most sessions last only 25 minutes, like dates with a snowman wearing his sharpest wool cardigan. These brief but challenging blasts of cardio, strength training, or stretching fall in line with Michelle’s belief that anyone can improve his or her health with proper exercise. She helps older adults and those in the midst of rehabilitation ease back into workouts, whereas her fellow staffers work with young adults and teens. The staff also includes two massage therapists who customize sessions to your particular aches in order to re-balance bodies.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its spartan facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal trainers meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized, 60-day fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Certified personal trainers work individually with clients routinely, and professional instructors forestall exercise routine boredom with boot camp and yoga sessions throughout the week.
Picaflor Day Spa's expert beauticians and licensed massage therapists revitalize human exteriors from head to toe with nourishing herbal and botanical blends and all-encompassing spa treatments. Aestheticians use all natural skincare products when tailoring facials to the individual's visage, and massage therapists apply Swedish, trigger-point, and deep-tissue bodywork during massages to target specific aches. Hard and soft wax works to strip skin of excess body hair and inescapable body glitter, and signature spa packages provide equal parts beauty and relaxation, pairing soothing massages with fortifying facials and nail treatments.