Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
Equipment: Barbells, Dumbbells, Pull Up Bars
Students should bring: Water, Towel, Yoga Mat
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We focus heavily on form. We help you correct your form for new moves. This will prevent injury.
The husband-wife team of Eric Ruhm and Sara Jane Schmeltzer opened Energy Fitness 24/7 in 2011. Since then, the door to their fitness studio hasn't been locked very often. That's because, as the name suggests, it's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to convenient hours, the space features an array of strength-training machines and cardio equipment amid exposed brick walls.
LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that valued personal growth over competition. Robin's program is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide, but he still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, teaching kids to progress the skills they need to build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer classes or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
While Christine smiles every time a client announces another drop in pant size, she is more proud of helping people lower their blood pressure levels and stabilize their blood sugar levels. Motivating people to transform their health on the inside versus how they look on the outside is why Christine opened her own fitness studio, Christine?s Cardio Fitness. She and a crew of certified Zumba instructors help students dance their way into better health with easy-to-follow routines set to high-energy tunes and yodelers in classes like Zumba Fitness, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Zumba Step, and Zumba Gold. Not wanting anyone to miss out on the fun of Zumba, Christine also offers a free class on Saturdays for kids during the summer months.