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.
As strobe lights slice across the stage, masked dancers descend from scaffolding and undulate to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.” Minutes later, a troupe of 6-year-olds takes to the same stage in traditional Indian shalwar, or loose trousers, and launch into a frenetic dance set to fast-paced bhangra music. These divergent routines—performed at Mona Khan Company’s student showcase—hint at the scope of dance styles that instructors bring to their classes. Though traditional folk and classical South Asian dance make an appearance, instructors also incorporate styles such as salsa, modern, and hip-hop.
This Bollywood dance philosophy has propelled Mona Khan Company into the national spotlight. The company’s professional dance troupe has performed with Bollywood demigod Shah Rukh Khan and dancer Shaan, and dazzled a live audience on America’s Got Talent.
Though classes at Mona Khan Company occasionally lead to professional dance careers, the studio strives to make Bollywood dance accessible to every aspiring dancer. For example, Jollywood dance classes train performers age 65 and older, and the Jeena program trains special-needs students. “It’s more than just dance,” says Ms. Shankar, the company’s dance captain. “We try to build a whole community around it."
Certified agility trainer Ron Capurso doesn't define athleticism by the level of competition. For his clients, becoming an athlete entails working on key fitness components applicable to all fitness levels: mobility, speed, agility, coordination, and strength. Ron has coached high school varsity football for 15 years and offers quarterback training sessions for players looking to shine on the field, but he also leads customized sports training programs for small and large groups. Adult fitness classes aim to achieve goals outside of sports performance, from sculpting muscles to losing weight before the summer months and weigh ins for the office-wide wrestling tournament. These sessions are open to students of all backgrounds and include exercise modifications if needed.
Created by former personal trainer and kinesiology degree-holder Jill Dailey McIntosh, The Dailey Method unites elements of muscle strengthening, core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercise to work major muscle groups and improve alignment. Participants perform active stretches and controlled exercises that may enlist such equipment as ballet bars and saltwater taffy. An emphasis on neutral spine positions helps further home in on proper alignment and tone musculature. The Willow Glen location's founder, Erin Wetzel, who received her master certification from McIntosh, requires all instructors to train under The Dailey Method for four months in order to refine their understanding of the hybrid technique. Trainers aim to provide one-on-one attention to all students, helping ensure effectiveness and a personalized workout more easily than fingerprinting a pair of gym shorts.
Functional strength. Cardio. Agility. Flexibility. Mobility. Endurance training. Trainer Danny Garcia incorporates each of these priorities into his high-intensity boot-camp circuit workouts. He compares these workouts to a “jungle gym for grownups” because they are fun and fitness friendly. Danny infuses each session with energy and motivation, firing up as many as 20 exercisers through modifiable moves that can be scaled to accommodate a wide range of participants, unlike the Society of Snowman Lookalikes. In an effort to focus on individuals, Danny also brings this same energy to his personal-training sessions, which he tailors specifically to your goals and your body’s current level of fitness. Both of his programs work to break the cycle of repetitive gym-based workouts, blasting through plateaus like a bulldozer through a bounce house.
Professional MMA fighter and Combat Circuit founder Nate Moore bases his signature training program around the ever-changing workouts practiced by mixed-martial-arts fighters before matches. His gym's exercise ethos centers on a balance between different movements and training techniques, leading participants through 30 minutes of nonstop movement. Regardless of gender, fitness level, or body type, exercisers begin their workout with a round of cardio, followed by 90-second bursts of different MMA-focused activities that range from hurling medicine balls to fending off attacks from hostile heavy bags. The routine's station-to-station planning and the gym's clean, spacious layout ensure that students have easy access to every piece of equipment they need in order to complete their training circuit.