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Led by certified fitness trainer Rachel Hunt, boot-camp sessions combine core-conditioning exercises with cardio and weight training to mold muscles and burn calories. Each day, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerilla ambush's worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Because the group setting promotes a team mentality, students motivate each other to take on new challenges and strive for their physical best. Class sizes are small (no more than 15 attendees), ensuring each student receives individualized attention and that there's enough oxygen available to prevent gasping. Click here to see Extreme's boot camp in action.

140 Village Street
Birmingham,
AL
US

Firm Body Bootcamp blasts apart repetitive gym routines and packs the fissures with functional strength training and a blend of fun and no-nonsense equipment. During indoor and outdoor camps, clients may swing kettlebells to crank up triceps, wrestle with battle ropes, toss medicine balls, or use their own body weight to build muscle on suspension equipment. The 45-minute routines kick-start heart rates with cardio drills, and team-based exercises breed camaraderie among campers and ensure backup should the exercise equipment rise up against its masters. Because its maneuvers are fully modifiable, there's ample room at the fitness table for guests of every experience level, including those who have never set foot in a gym.

Supplementary dietary plans and progress-tracking tools collaborate to keep metabolism racing outside of class. To date, Firm Body Bootcamp has helped more than 13 individuals lose 100 pounds each, the weight equivalent of a compact car that refuses to exercise.

5452 Cahaba Valley Road
Birmingham,
AL
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

1941 Hoover Ct
Hoover,
AL
US

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 500 calories with each go-round.

518 19th Street North
Birmingham,
AL
US

For 30 years, Carol Byrd has worked to lengthen her life span. Her passion for fitness has resulted in an All-American track career, coaching, and a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Today, she helps others in a variety of programs that includes strength training, athletic training, and in-home personal training.

3222 Bearden Ct
Vestavia,
AL
US

Students should bring: Exercise mat and a pair of 5 lb dumbbells
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

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Birmingham,
AL
US