As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).
Bree Johnson was just 14 when she kicked off her lustrous dancing career as a performer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympics. Since then, she's carried the torch of success even further, eventually winning titles such as Miss Congeniality and landing dream jobs on So You Think You Can Dance, the MTV Music Awards, and numerous TV commercials. Fueled by her successful foray in the world of professional dance, she decided to share her passion in an accessible way that inspires others to lead healthy and active lives. To pull off such an endeavor, she enlisted a team of talented instructors to help her cultivate a supportive and educational community where dancers of all fitness levels can get in shape during unique aerobic Ballet Blast fitness classes.
Bree and her team combine intense cardio with dancer-specific moves while blaring high-energy tunes, aiming to equip students with increased flexibility, slimmer waistlines, and lean muscles similar to those of ballerinas and drawn-and-quartered bodybuilders.
Yoga & Divine Movement Studio offers a versatile collection of group exercise classes, all designed to usher in new heights of physical, mental, and spiritual health. The 55-minute beginners' yoga class uncoils stressed bodies and works long-forgotten muscles, which are often the subject of ridicule by the abs, biceps, and other, more popular muscles. Experienced yogis can test their bendy mettle with Ashtanga yoga, and those looking to curry favor with their aching joints can offer a body-boosting bribe of restorative yoga. Belly dancing, Zumba, and Nia—a rhythmic synthesis of Eastern and Western dance moves that allows for creativity and self-expression—offer dance-based methods of shedding calories without the chafing polyester associated with disco marathons.
Intent on improving visitors' confidence as well as their physical fitness, the trainers at Fight 4 U Fitness teach classes that draw inspiration from both self-defense systems and traditional workout regimens. These lessons in krav maga: a marital art that prepares students of all ages to protect and extricate themselves from real-world threats. The instructors also offer personal-training sessions and group classes, which use everything from kickboxing and muay thai to yoga and agility training to create programs that help individuals live stronger and healthier lifestyles.
As a high-school-athletics coach that engaged in a wide variety of workout systems, Crossfit Cedar Ridge owner Doug Meacham found the CrossFit method was a natural fit. Instead of engaging in numerous exercise routines to meet optimal results, he could obtain the same results with the ever-changing and intense daily workouts of CrossFit. It’s a system that uses functional movements, training the body to be ready for all physical activities—from the athletic to the quotidian. He and his team of trainers teach the system in a group setting that fosters camaraderie as well as a sense of commitment to each other and their goals.