Though they aren't event planners or the leaders of an overzealous fraternity house, Debbie Thomas and her staff schedule parties for every day of the week. These parties aren’t typical affairs, though. They’re actually workout classes with festive twists. The high-energy sessions allow guests to get their groove on and mingle while simultaneously burning calories. During Zumba classes, instructors demonstrate moves reminiscent of Latin-dance styles, including salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Turbo Kick courses, on the other hand, combine kickboxing techniques with other martial-arts actions and invigorating music. To make sessions even more fun and accessible, the instructors modify each routine to suit a range of fitness levels, which enables students of all abilities to attend.
Upbeat tunes are a theme of the curriculum—they guide the barbell routines of Les Mills BodyPump as well as the flexibility-enhancing stretches of PiYo Strength. Other classes, such as TRX and high-intensity interval training, might not mirror a dance performance, but they preserve the sense of camaraderie and encouragement that pervades the entire gym.