Strength. Grace. Flexibility. These are words most often associated with ballet, but they can also be seamlessly applied to the art of pole dancing. At the Best Shape of Your Life private studio, instructors whip ladies of all sizes into shape through body-toning and confidence-enhancing pole-dancing techniques. As students shimmy up poles and perform aerial tricks, they work toward slimmer physiques, toned muscles, and increased flexibility. When not conducting classes, the staff opens their studio for private parties, bridal parties, and tightly knit juries, allowing friends to gather over drinks and pole-dancing instruction.
The experienced fitness virtuosos at The Balanced Body Fitness Studio orchestrate a schedule of core-strengthening and heart-pumping group classes to help clients of all fitness levels achieve overall bodily betterment. Free weights and self-generated resistance cause cantankerous muscles to kick and scream as workout warriors sprint, hop, or shimmy from station to station in a circuit-style BootCamp class. Zumba whittles waists to the beat of Latin music, and peace-summoning voices call out postures in Vinyasa flow yoga classes that challenge mind and body as equally as a raccoon loves its children. The willPower & grace class strips feet of their security blankets and beckons bodies to meander barefoot in an amalgamation of calisthenics and dance fitness classes, and challenging mat Pilates floor exercises improve strength, coordination, and the ability to become a makeshift coffee table.
Kettlebells—iron-shaped balls of varying weights that, with their affixed handles, resemble carry-on cannonballs—provide a low-impact total body workout that simultaneously increases strength and stamina. A recent study found kettlebells to be highly effective, resulting in subjects burning "at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace." You'll learn all this and more during your intro to kettlebells class (which you can apply this Groupon toward). Upon completion, you're free to take more kettlebell classes (drop-in classes are $16) and Pilates mat ($12.50–$16) and apparatus sessions (private session are $54–$60, duet sessions are $37–$44, and semi-private sessions are $30–$38). Feel free to combine these classes at your whimsy to transform yourself into a formidable fat-burning, cardiovascular-boosting, muscle-building monster without the assistance of a full moon.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Mark York and Whitney Sullivan trim and tone physiques at their company PNF, which stands for Personalized Nutrition and Fitness. They don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to creating any fitness regimen or meal plan. Instead, they combine the focused exercise of personal training with the crowd motivation of group-fitness classes. Their classes range from familiar standbys like yoga and kickboxing to cheekily titled circuit-training classes such as “buns and guns.” They supplement these sweat sessions with custom nutritional counseling, which, depending on your fitness aspirations, could include guidance on how to make vegetarian recipes, design more energy-packed meals, or stop compulsively eating staples at your desk.