MVP Dance Fit is a fitness center that whips bodies into shape during supportive, fitness-based dance classes. Experienced instructors lead students through easy-to-follow dance moves during Latin-inspired Zumba and hip-hop classes. Ladies in the Adult Jazz class, on the other hand, learn a choreographed routine that can be performed in front of an audience during showcases held twice a year, where they'll be joined by other performing students from MVP's burlesque classes too. Meanwhile, moms and their young kids can work out together during special Mommy and Me dance classes, while on Friday nights, the fitness studio welcomes people for social events that pair margaritas with line dancing and wine with aerobics.
Professional Latin dancer and certified Zumba instructor Tabra Tacuri embraces the link between dance and fitness: her dance career with longtime partner Anthony—an award-winning dancer certified by the National Dance Council of America and Arthur Murray—has helped her maintain an enviable shape. Together, they lead others in slimming down while strutting their stuff on the dance floor with a combination of ballroom dance and dance fitness classes at Fit 4 Life Ohio. The pair leads group and private dance lessons in ballroom, Latin dance, and Argentine tango and works with betrothed couples to perfect their first dance for their big night. Shifting the focus to fitness, Tabra once again calls upon her Latin-dance training to help dancers of all levels shimmy their way to narrower waistlines during her high-energy Zumba and Zumba toning classes.
She further motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with in-home personal training and nutrition coaching. In her e-fitness program, she leads personal training and group fitness classes via webcam and Skype, allowing clients to get in shape at home or on a crowded commuter train. The e-training sessions also include personal assessments and interviews to ensure that clients stay on track.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
Certified personal trainer Marie Clay can vouch for the effects of dance fitness firsthand: her programs helped her lose 63 pounds. She shares her story during Zumba classes, motivating her students to festively burn calories with easy steps rather than dangerous birthday-candle diets. Marie channels her decades of dance, teaching, and exercising experience at multiple locations, including her studio and local gyms.
It's not every day that you can workout mid-air, unless you're exercising at Sky Fitness Gym, that is. Here, aerial hammock classes draw from yoga poses, aerial arts, and Pilates to take toning to higher levels in the literal sense. More than 700 possible moves make aerial hammock classes challenging, with constant surprises to the body to enhance the physical benefits.
Club 51 Fitness covers every fitness base with group exercises, a 40,000-square-foot workout room, and personal training. Top weight-machine brands such as Life Fitness, Nebula, and Hammer Strength make appearances alongside cardio machines, and hardwood-floored classrooms flooded with natural light host yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. The club also boasts childcare services and a women-only workout area, useful for avoiding pickup lines from randy treadmills. After workouts, guests can lounge in the locker rooms' dry saunas and steam rooms or in the onsite day spa.