Ophidia Dance transforms women's bodies into living works of art during dance fitness classes held in a safe, judgement-free environment. Twerk'n Hip Hop builds up a sweat with a powerful beat, and Ballet Booty Barre combines grace and energetic motion. Pole Dance classes, meanwhile, teaches students how to workout with sensual moves and the ability to laugh in the face of gravity.
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
From the crowd, sweat-slicked hands wave in the air, their bodies dancing to the thunderous beats of a nearby sound system. But this isn’t a rap battle or a rock concert—it’s a fitness fiesta packed with international music and Latin-inspired dance moves. Known as Zumba, this phenomenon swept the nation starting in 2001, after Colombian-born fitness instructor Beto Perez began setting aerobics to salsa and merengue tunes rather than live performances of whalesong. Today, more than 12 million exercisers have tried the workouts, which torch calories, melt stress, and boost energy levels. At Boise Racquet & Swim Club, AFAA-certified instructors lead regular classes, augmenting regular Zumba workouts with a second discipline known as Sentao, which incorporates a chair to offer targeted resistance training and sculpt bodies until they sprout two new legs on their own.
The “move” in Move Fitness’s name might be a shimmy, a salsa step, or a spin—instructors at this studio only teach Zumba. This latin-dance-inspired cardio workout is set to a high-energy mix of international tunes, so it often feels more like a party at the club than a workout. The calorie-torching classes convene five days a week in Eagle and Meridian.
Whether people want to lose weight, reduce stress, or increase strength, the trainers at Body & Soul Fitness get them moving during fun fitness classes. Among these are options such as Zumba. The studio also features PiYo, which combines dance movements and core training to help shed weight and gain strength quickly.
When Josie Kunzman exercises, she doesn't stick to boring routines or uninspiring gym equipment. Instead she turns up the music and dances. Using Latin-inspired dance moves and upbeat, popular tunes, she is able to transform a one-hour workout into an intense dance party—'80s sweatbands optional.