As a teenager, Master Mauricio Zingano studied under members of Brazilian jujitsu's founding family, the Gracies, including Grand Master Helio Gracie himself. Nowadays, at Zingano Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, he and his seasoned staff—which includes his wife, UFC fighter Cat Zingano—relay the Gracie family's teachings to students young and old. Although their main program is Brazilian jujitsu, they also fit mixed martial arts, muay thai kickboxing, and youth martial arts classes into the jam-packed schedule.
Gym-goers at Off the Wall Fitness may also be off the floor, as they swing on the adult-size monkey bars nicknamed the Green Goliath. The Green Goliath's 16 rungs are suspended from the ceiling by rope, forcing those who take it on to compensate for it shifting, building muscle and stamina as they swing. Group fitness classes and one-on-one personal-training sessions are also elevated beyond the typical workout through exercises based on last night's football game and the month-long Shred-a-Palooza challenge.
Of Caribbean descent, the word tumbao means "sexy rhythm." It's an accurate—albeit brief—description of the scene at Tumbao Fitness, where instructors lead groups through sessions of Zumba that are just as much party as they are workout. A nightclub vibe—complete with disco lights—further provokes the studio's festive atmosphere, helping exercisers remain energized as they step and sway through Zumba's sultry movement.
A night of dancing can easily turn into a workout—minus the boring, repetitive exercises and the feeling that you'd rather be doing something else. Zumba fuses hip-shaking, Latin-inspired dance moves with music from around the world to recreate the exuberance of the dance floor at any time of day. To that end, the instructors at Zumba Fitness lead their students through easy-to-follow steps while music blasts from a boom box manned by a tiny DJ.
The trained instructors at Urban Acrobatics run, tumble, and dance their way across a 14,000-square-foot gym that welcomes guests of all skill levels. Inside the creative movement room, padded obstacles and landing mats help students learn the unconventional gymnastic art of parkour before taking their skills to FreeRunning City—a course that simulates an urban environment with building structures and construction pieces to spring from. The 5,000-square-foot fitness room features wood flooring and a wall of mirrors that reflects classes ranging from yoga to break dancing led by instructors who bolster a community feel in the gym by equally engaging newcomers and familiar faces.
Both Angela Goss and Lyza Posey love Zumba because the workout doesn’t feel like a workout at all—it feels like a party. In fact, the Latin-inspired dance routines, set to high-energy tunes, can burn up to 1,000 calories in a one-hour class. Students of Zumba with Angela and Lyza gather twice weekly for these 60-minute sessions.