At Riviera Fitness Centers of Madison—a women-only fitness haven—patrons tackle Les Mills group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and one-on-one personal training, all designed to make gals feel comfortable as they forge toward their fitness goals. The onsite childcare staff supervises tykes so moms can cartwheel off to classes such as BodyAttack and Zumba. During Zumba classes, the studio transforms into a club-like dance-party atmosphere, accented with colored lights and thumping Latin-inspired beats. The instructors lead the easy-to-follow dance steps on an elevated stage, allowing everyone to see the right moves instead of getting discouraged and reverting to the Hokey Pokey. Boot-camp sessions fuse cardio and resistance training to tone physiques as campers wield exercise equipment including kettlebells, barbells, and bosu balls.
In addition to getting fit during group training, ladies can seek one-on-one fitness advice during personal training sessions, which are tailored to suit their goals. Riviera Fitness Center also offers tanning, bronzing recently toned bodies for the beach or flexing in front of a mirror.
Founded 16 years ago by Jay and Beth Handline, Dance Trance's twinkle-toe team constructs an upbeat fitness regimen incorporating various dance styles appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Unlike other fun and funky workouts, such as the Hoedown of Antietam, Dance Trance workouts don't require reenacting historic dance battles to burn calories but keep things exciting with popular songs and dynamic lighting effects. Classes aimed at 10- to 15-year-olds encourage young adults to try the calorie-burning footwork, and special-needs students work through routines designed by the instructors to meet dancers' abilities.