Attending a Zumba class at Sow It Now Health and Fitness makes for not only a healthier individual, but also a healthier community. That's because owner, personal trainer, and Zumba instructor Joscelynn Baio promises a portion of the class proceeds to two local churches and People Inc., a nonprofit that offers aid to people with special needs. So while attendees sweat and sway to Latin beats, their dollars help community members and organizations thrive.
Inside Achieve Personal Fitness, sun-drenched wooden floors give way to a jungle of machines. But don't be intimidated by the different weights, pulleys, and levers—personal trainers are there to guide you through them. The trainers provide one-on-one attention to handle an array of fitness goals, often combining nutritional counseling with a blend of cardio and weight training. Each 30-minute set of exercises is tailored to the client's individual needs, whether the aim is to lose weight, increase muscles mass, or hone bodies for a specific sport.
While Bikeorbar requires capital to operate like any other business, the true currency of their trade is sweat. Trainers wring it from clients one-on-one in personal training sessions. They also harvest it by the bucketload during group fitness classes, such as cardio-focused kickboxing, spin classes that incorporate cross-training or even zombie themes, and rowing classes. Around all this equipment, the studio features brightly painted walls swarming with white butterflies who soar toward the paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
Zumba's dance-infused workouts were a natural progression for certified instructor Jayme Smith, who has been dancing since the age of 2. She began teaching at her mother's studio when she was just a teen, continuing to helm her own hour-long classes at Miss Barbara's School of Dance and Erie Community College today. The easy-to-follow steps set to upbeat Latin rhythms help students of all fitness levels burn calories, tone muscles, and prepare for impromptu dance parties in the grocery-store line.
Giovanni and Sherry Preziuso, owners of Fierce Fitness, specialize in tailored personal-training sessions but also offer small-group fitness classes designed to condition muscles and shed weight. In addition to functional core and suspension-training classes—classes that employ a system of ropes and webbing to allow the students to work against their own body weight—Fierce Fitness also offers therapeutic massage.
Working up a sweat on the dance floor is one of the quickest ways to boost your mood—and your metabolism. It's easy to achieve that healthy rush at Dance-Zig, where instructors lead dance-fitness parties. Groups can work up a sweat to a soundtrack of high-energy hits by artists such as Rihanna and M.I.A.