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.
Before she was the personal makeup artist to Barack Obama during his campaign for the presidency, Jennifer Bradley was a stage and screen actress who struggled with acne-prone skin. To combat it, she started creating her own skincare formulas that were free of mineral oils, fragrances, and fillers. Those formulas soon became her business, Jennifer Bradley Corporation products, which she now wields as a makeup artist to the stars.
In addition to being touted in the pages of People and US Weekly, her makeup and skincare lines have graced the faces of Michelle Obama, Kelly Clarkson and Pamela Anderson. She regularly teaches clients how to become their own makeup masters
during Makeup 101 classes, where she shows them how to cover age spots, contour cheekbones, and create a smoky eye that doesn't induce cravings for barbecue.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
By creating custom workouts for each client, the personal trainers at Five Star Fitness & Wellness Center are able to optimize their fitness programs for each person's age, body type, and lifestyle. This client-centered approach to fitness helps to both increase physical strength and reshape physiques, as well as boost energy levels and improve a client's confidence and outlook. Trainers work with clients ranging from athletes or to those who are new to exercising regularly, helping them take control of their health and achieve their fitness goals.
East Coast Flames All Stars readies boys and girls aged 3 and older for competitive cheerleading. After sharpening their skills, every kid who tries out gets a spot on a team to learn cheer skills. A summer camp preps team members for the competitive season, and routines begin in the fall.