Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she
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. Little
did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
Joe has spent the past 10 years dedicated to his passion for fitness. In addition to accruing accolades as a certified nutritionist and personal and performance-enhancement trainer, he also started his own brand of extreme fitness classes that he uses to help guests of all fitness levels achieve their goals. He offers dance-fitness Zumba classes, boot camps, and intense athlete training, as well as fitness programs for children and seniors.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap for each company, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When it comes to athleticism, natural talent only plays a partial role, according to the trainers at Adrenaline Performance Training. They believe that a solid work ethic can bridge the gap between innate ability and champion-level performance. That's why they fight so hard to build a solid foundation of strength, speed, agility, and stamina in each of their athletes. They do this through personal training sessions that include body weight training, nutritional guidance, and cardio and strength training, along with athletic performance training, which is focused on specific sports like golf, football, and baseball.
When Stephanie Gaines-Bryant isn?t reporting the news for WTOP Radio or posing for photos with the station?s celebrity guests, she is likely teaching for her aptly named roaming yoga studio, Radio Yogi Health and Fitness. Having completed Crofton Yoga?s 200-hour training program, she now specializes in pranakriya yoga?s gentle and meditative varieties. Both classes emphasize slow movements, deep breathing, and postures that should be held until a passerby mistakes you for a statue.
Average class length: 90+ minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: There's free Parking in the Allen Pond parking lot and on the street.