As a trained dancer since age 5, it?s not surprising that Zumba Jammer-certified Ali Struyk eventually gravitated toward Zumba, a dance-fitness hybrid that helped her shed pounds after the birth of her child. Zumba integrates dance styles such as salsa, hip-hop, and rumba to upbeat Latin rhythms, simultaneously burning calories, strengthening muscles, and boosting energy levels without resorting to witchcraft. Students follow the freeform routines to the best of their ability, which allows participants of varying experience levels to bust a move in the same class.
24-hour access. Group fitness classes. Personal trainers. Some of Ten X Club's amenities and services might seem familiar, but it's the combination of these benefits that makes the gym special. Plus, it's a workout space dedicated solely to women and their fitness needs. Members can stop by during regular business hours to meet with a personal trainer, or attend evening and morning yoga, Zumba, and strength training classes. However, they can also drop in any time and swipe their 24-hour access key card?one of the many perks of membership?to gain access to the equipment at any time.
After overcoming childhood obesity, Julia Walderzak decided to introduce noncompetitive fitness to a whole new generation at H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Within the 1,500-square-foot space, Julia's team of instructors leads kids as young as 3 in age-tailored Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing classes. Parents can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi in the cozy lounge, or join in on the fitness fun during adult Zumba and kickboxing classes or sessions of Mommy and Me, prenatal, and Vinyasa yoga.
Bob and Marie Clemente opened Midtown Family Fitness & Racquetball Club in 1999. The fitness haven houses more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment along with saunas in the locker rooms and a range of fitness classes that includes yoga, barre, and Pilates. Moreover, racquetball and basketball players can hit the convertible racquetball/basketball court to invent a new game that might involve spinning a racquet on the tip of your finger. Racquetball is available for individuals who are 8 years of age and older, but all skill levels are welcome.
Brightly colored spotlights aren’t the only things that dance across the sleek hardwood floors at Sublime Fitness Studio. Under a chic industrial ceiling, enthusiastic instructors guide students of all skill levels through choreographed Zumba classes that get hearts pumping with dances set to high-energy Latin music. Flow classes fuse fitness moves with dance steps set to popular songs and the sounds of chart-topping howler monkeys. The schedule of classes also includes hip-swiveling fitness hula-hoop and sweat-inducing boot-camp training. Children inclined toward an energy-burning birthday party can enjoy a fete complete with balloons, decorations, age-appropriate games, and 30 minutes of Zumba or Flow instruction to burn off that birthday-cake sugar when candle flames aren’t strong enough.
Equipment: Benches, weights, bands, equalizers, steps, ropes
Students Should Bring: mats, water, towels
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Josette Puig, co-owner of GetJosette Fitness Studio, admits that hitting the gym for an hour is not what makes a difference when it comes to losing weight?it's really what you eat, when you eat, and how often you eat. That's why her fitness studio's members get access to nutrition education, including nutrition plans, clean-eating recipes, and simple rules to follow, including picking out two days a week when you get to make yourself a dessert or sneak a bite from your co-worker's ice cream cone. Josette believes that healthy food is the key to burning fat, building muscle, enhancing energy, and improving sleep.
Once patrons properly fuel their bodies, they can blast calories in fitness classes such as Insanity, which relies on long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises and short periods of rest to chisel bodies, and Body Barre classes, which use ballet barre moves and heart-pumping music to sculpt muscles.