If Jazzercise is a fleeting '80s memory for you, like your Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt you wear when bleaching the ceiling, today's Groupon gives you a chance to discover how the exercise phenomenon evolved into one of today's best total body workouts. Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Expect to burn up to 500 calories during each round. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though you won't need her moves to get the most out of your class. Review basic moves online before you go.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
Susan Runsvold describes Christmas 2003 as the worst of her life. She was visiting her grandchildren to celebrate but could “barely get into the living room because of all the presents.” Once they began opening them, her grandkids—like many families—only cared about opening the next gift. Having grown up in a low-income family, she was dismayed by the extravagance and decided to change things from then on.
Recalling her own childhood and how she used to worry she wouldn’t be able to get any presents at all, Runsvold realized that the best way to help her family adopt a new mindset would be to teach them about the value of giving. As a child, she remembered always wanting a bike but assuming it was out of reach, so she decided to help other children get bikes for Christmas.
In her first year, Runsvold raised $843 from friends and took her grandson to buy bicycles for children from low-income families. From there, interest grew as community members and storeowners flocked to donate. TurningWheels For Kids has donated more than 18,000 bikes through neighborhood bike-repair clinics, bike builds at pediatric centers, and the annual Big Bike Build, during which 1,000 volunteers build bicycles for the holidays and donate them to families through local nonprofit organizations.
"A bike opens a whole new world to" recipients, Runsvold said. One boy explained that his bike gave him a sense of self-reliance because it made getting to school easier. Others ride with their families as outdoor bonding time. Many youth continue with the program for years after they receive their bike, often helping build and repair bicycles at events. Runsvold sees this relationship as a way for people to be a part of a community where "one hand washes the other"—or hands out a helmet and a pair of wheels.
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Fitness has always been part of Alex Medina's life. After playing football and running track in high school, he knew he wanted to channel his athletic ability into something more meaningful, and joined the Marine Corps. During his five years of service, he learned to fly a plane and spent numerous hours in the sky, which led him to study at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He then went on to Mueller College, where he became a sports nutrition specialist, a certified personal trainer, and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Though a lot has changed for Alex since high school, his passion for fitness remains. In addition to playing semi-pro football, he now owns Fit 2 Ripped Fitness?an outdoor boot-camp program. Along with his fellow trainers, he leads fit-seekers in burning calories and building muscles during always-varying, high-intensity routines. One day, you might swing kettlebells and do push-ups, and then next you might do crunches and flip tires end-over-end until they agree to personally train you.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, yoga straps, yoga mats, and boxing gloves
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 45?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We get to know each student personally; they are not just dollar signs. Each client becomes part of the IMC community, where they are surrounded by an outstanding support group of staff members and other students. Also, our instructors live healthy lifestyles; they practice what they preach.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Rewarding, challenging, and fun?but most of all, inspirational.
After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder, certified trainer, and spin and Pilates instructor, Kristen Horler, wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suite of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit and Strollga sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dietitians.