The beat of international tunes pulses throughout the room as feet stomp the floor and arms slice through the air. Instructor Michelle Fisher guides students through calorie-burning Zumba classes, which are driven by the syncopated rhythm of Latin music. Fast-paced, synchronized dance moves, which are traditionally used to indicate that somebody is about to sing about moving to Hollywood, instead tone muscles and provide a solid cardio workout.
At CrossFit Insomnia, certified coaches lead athletes and fitness disciples toward their fitness and wellness goals according to CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional strength. In their gym, which is referred to as the “Box,” classes sweat through a different Workout of the Day (WOD) each day. WODs are always different, but often include exercises that range from weightlifting and running to rowing, kettlebell training, and gymnastics-inspired exercises.
The instructors at Just Dance Studios help others in their quest for slender forms with fun, fast-paced Zumba classes. The one-hour classes combine Latin-inspired beats with fluid, easy-to-follow movements to torch calories and tone physiques.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout??a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes. Today, trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead members in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel members against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
Administered by Dr. Vijay Gandla, each microdermabrasion delicately buffs away dry and damaged skin, like a gentle breeze eroding accumulated peanut butter. The quick and comfortable 35-minute treatment strips off the entire outer layer of skin to reveal the fresh, new layer underneath. Patients struggling with acne, signs of aging, and sun damage can shed a weathered complexion and replace it with a vibrant sheen that shimmers like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Because of Magnolia Medical Spa's clean, cozy treatment rooms and accommodating staff, microdermabrasions there are more unintimidating and relaxing than lounging on a La-Z-Boy clearing pores with clingy duct tape at home.
The YMCA of Greater High Point operates to impart better health on bodies and minds with myriad programs aimed at adults, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. Both the Hartley Drive YMCA and the Grubb YMCA house fitness centers are packed with ample exercise machinery, from Cybex strength-training equipment to PreCor ellipticals and treadmills, helping patrons aged 12 and older to seize a healthy physique without the hassle of hugging a bodybuilder. For camaraderie-based fitness, Grubb and Hartley host group exercise classes that corral clients of all stripes or cater specifically to kids or seniors. The Hartley gym's facilities further nurture fitness endeavors with an indoor track, two gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, and an indoor 25-meter swimming pool. After a solo or relative-supported workout, guests can hit the on-site locker rooms to freshen up or scoop too-little ones and thumb-sucking spouses from the Child Watch childcare center.