At Fit4Mom, the staff knows that it's not easy to find the time or the energy to workout when you're a mom. That's why they offer classes that cater especially to mothers, whether they had a few kids a decade ago, are currently with child, or are just bouncing back from their first pregnancy. Energetic instructors help motivate moms in a kid-free environment to regain their old fitness level in Body Back classes that focus on rapid results.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Born To Ride Cycle and Fitness is a spinning-only fitness center, meaning this is the place for anyone serious about cycle fitness. Inside this spacious, mirror-lined studio, state-of-the-art Schwinn AC Performance Plus stationary bikes are lined up and ready to be pedaled furiously during the Mid-Morning Motivator class, during which sprints, climbing, and intervals are propelled by heart-pounding music. Additionally, the Rider’s Bootcamp sessions, much like trying to carry a greasy anvil up a set of stairs, promise to “leave your legs shakin’.” Instructors here are passionate about the health benefits of spinning, and strive to make both their personal training sessions and their group classes fun, motivating, and completely addictive.
Some athletes train for a specific type of fitness. Olympic weightlifters, for example, concentrate solely on their muscle power, and, thus, wouldn't fare well in a long-distance race, just as most marathoners probably don't perform many clean-and-jerks or bench-press compact cars. But most people are not Olympic weightlifters or professional marathoners. For the general population, a more general approach to fitness is what yields long-term health and wellness.
That's why CrossFit SW Beaverton's members might participate in both power and endurance exercises?as well as calisthenics, gymnastics, and sprints?in a given Workout of the Day. The gym's certified coaches devise these ever-changing daily regimens to deliver results in a variety of fitness categories. Exercisers can then take these attributes into other areas of life that require fitness and commitment, such as raising children, staying active into old age, and protecting the family thumb-wrestling title belt.
Black Eagle Martial Arts gets bodies moving and sweating through fitness and martial arts classes aimed at the entire family. Participants can pair fitness classes such as boot camp with nutrition coaching to accelerate their advancement toward a health goal. Meanwhile, everyone from youngsters as young as 4 to adults can enroll in classes for hapkido, jiu jitsu, and muay thai. Each of these fitness and martial-arts classes is designed to instill self-defense strategies as pupils punch and kick their way to a healthy lifestyle.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.