If you walk into USA Skate Center on the first Saturday afternoon of the month, you might think the aliens have landed. But there's no need to panic?it's just black-light skating, where skaters roll around the rink in the radioactive glow of purple lamps overhead. If that's not your style, the rink also hosts regular open-skate times and lessons, the latter of which include an R&B-inspired session for adults. Even when they're not attending a birthday party, younger skaters can refuel with a slice of pizza at the snack bar.
Recently opened, Simply Yoga has already become a welcoming space for yoga students of all experiences and backgrounds. First-time students learn Vinyasa's foundational postures during hour-long basics classes, while more experienced practitioners move to deeper expressions in all-levels or advanced power classes. Regardless of the challenge level, students move through poses in rooms heated to 80?85 degrees. So, while it doesn't quite have the tropical feeling of hot yoga, the studio is plenty warm to get the heart pumping, blood flowing, and sweat dripping onto the mat.
Light floods through Midwest Fit Club's floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the exercisers a healthy glow as they run on treadmills, track their heart rates on elliptical trainers, and grunt through free-weight reps. In the gym?s spacious group fitness studio, experienced trainers lead students through the flowing poses of power Vinyasa yoga, work full bodies during Fit Camp sessions, and groove through Zumba classes? thumping global party beats. Trainers also lead one-on-one and group personal-training sessions focused on each student?s goals, whether they're beginners who?ve never exercised regularly or fitness enthusiasts who did burpees in the womb.
The multi-colored lights at ZFitness Zone flood the studio with bright energy that is only heightened by the infectious dance music that pumps through the speakers. While this dance-party vibe might confuse those looking for a traditional workout or the library, instructors feel right at home. They lead Zumba classes filled with cardio dance moves and easy-to-follow routines that make working out a fun, engaging activity as well as hip hop and step bench. And in addition to original Zumba, they also offer low-impact classes for beginners.
At Rising Goddess Fitness, the classes emphasize rising?both literally and figuratively. In the literal sense, students often leave the ground behind, mounting hammocks during aerial fitness sessions and executing flips in advanced pole sessions. In a more figurative sense, founders Michelle Tenuta and Barb Cassidy have designed most of their classes in four-week sequences, so over time, students' confidence in their abilities rises. Each class builds on its predecessor, ensuring that by the end of the month, students have mastered something new. That could mean keeping the hoop aloft in a hula-hoop-fitness class, executing a flip in a pole class, or touching their belly button with their eyes closed in a belly-dance session.
It's hard to believe that Dawn Pierson was not always in top shape. Still in maternity clothes at her daughter's first birthday party, she decided it was time to change her fitness routine. She hired a personal trainer to show her the correct way to work out, and over time, she watched her body transform. Six months after her first session, she quit her job to become a certified trainer, with the goal of helping others like herself to live healthier and happier lives.
At Piersonfitness, she fills her roster of classes with Zumba, boot-camp, and personal-training sessions. She offers free 30-minute personal-training sessions for first-timers to demonstrate the impact that personal training can have in their exercise routine. In addition to training, she also leads high-energy dance-based Zumba classes set to Latin, hip-hop, and country tunes, describing the fun, full-body-toning classes as "exercise in disguise."