The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
At Thunder Sports and Fitness, the NSCA-certified fitness instructors schedule personal-training sessions and group fitness classes such as Zumba. But that's not the only way to burn calories and obtain abs that can withstand a cannonball at the town fair. Exercisers can also sign up for self-defense classes such as kickboxing, boxing, and Brazilian jujitsu.
Between 10 locations, The Edge Fitness Clubs' trainers offer more than 1,000 group fitness classes every week. They lead spinning, Zumba, and yoga classes alongside kickboxing sessions and intense interval strength training. The motivating coaches conduct every class in a private studio, save for those that require them to use the strength-training or cardio equipment that occupies the main floor.?
While the primary purpose of each fitness club is to get people in shape, the staff also supply a range of other amenities. Conveniently, some of those features make it easier to get fit. For example, the gyms offer babysitting complete with structured educational activities for kids. Also, members are invited to bring a friend for free every Friday to sample classes, work up a sweat, and practice their locker-room banter. And a number of onsite tanning beds provide an opportunity for members to bronze their newly sculpted bods.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Lady Fit?s team of all-female trainers leads women through a variety of fitness classes including its specialty: Kangoo Jumps classes. Strapped into springy Kangoo boots, students cavort through entertaining circuit-training exercises, activate their core, and improve their balance while feeling joyfully weightless and bouncy. In addition to the Kangoo classes, the instructors also lead Pilates, piloxing, P90X, beam fit, Zumba, and floor barre classes.
My Fit Mommy owner and director Mary Damato is passionate about giving moms a place to get fit while they spend quality time with their kids. A mother of three herself, she saw a need for a laid-back, mom-focused workout space, where moms could interact with other adults while still participating in an intense workout. Each outdoor, boot-camp-style class is led by a certified instructor and focuses on burning calories through circuit training and toning the body using small weights.