ABsolute Fitness makes it easy for exercisers to work fitness into their schedules. Not only is this full-service gym open 24 hours a day, but it's also stocked with weightlifting and cardio equipment. Classes are held throughout the week and include PrimaLift and yoga.
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.
SoulFit Training founder Amanda couldn't find contentment with a single fitness regimen. She tackled marathons, boot camps, and mountain biking before turning to CrossFit, and earned her Level 1 CrossFit training certification. Though the high-intensity routines inspired her to keep building strength, she still sought balance—and that's where yoga came into the picture.
At SoulFit Training, Amanda combines cross-training style weight-resistance and cardio circuits with calming poses. Recurrent breath work and meditation boost mental clarity, and the fast-paced workouts in between sculpt lean muscles. Though the 50-minute classes begin and end with relaxation, their techniques vary each day, staving off boredom in students and nausea in overly swung kettlebells. Amanda also leads private sessions, Gentle Yoga classes, and Gentle SoulFit Training classes, which adjust their maneuvers to accommodate recovering and senior guests.
Every single day, the dedicated coaches at CrossFit RTB craft a new workout packed with Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics, and plyometric exercises. The result is a Workout Of the Day, which prevents students' metabolisms from plateauing by incorporating a variety of functional movements that replicate common activities, such as climbing a rope, jumping onto a box, and ducking behind a streetlight to avoid chitchatting with a coworker.
And while lifting weights is a major part of the CrossFit routine, it isn?t a necessary one. The coaches have even created CrossFit Unloaded classes that omit lifting exercises all together, and there are dedicated rowing and yoga classes to supplement these workout regimens further. Besides all the class variety, CrossFit RTB also tries to make it easy to go to the gym by offering complimentary child care during select classes.
As a member of the Ozarks Regional YMCA group, the YMCA of Springfield's locations have kept their doors open to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities for more than 122 years. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, a home-schooling program, and art classes. To help families grow and play together, the G. Pearson Ward branch offers family art nights and rock-climbing activities.
The instructors at CrossFit - Springfield know their workouts take a little getting used to. Students rarely walk in with perfect form on the clean and jerk or the endurance to repeatedly launch medicine balls into the air. With this in mind, instructors lead free introductory classes twice a week to familiarize new guests with CrossFit. During high-intensity workouts throughout the week, the gym fills with the snap of jump ropes, the clatter of free weights, and the idling of airliners waiting to be pulled somewhere. Classes blend plyometrics and exercises on parallel bars with Olympic lifts, including the power clean and the deadlift. Workouts are scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant and are led by a dynamic collection of instructors, including ER nurses, college-football stars, Marines, and competitive kickboxers.