Ashley Bristo leads every Zumba class as if it were a party. Admittedly, these parties use dance-inspired cardio exercises to provide an invigorating, full-body workout, but the pulsing Latin soundtrack and infectious energy help keep students' moving. Attendees don't even need any previous dance experience since participating is as simple as watching Ashley perform the easy-to-learn moves and then following her lead. Regular exercise is rarely enough to see true weight loss though?regardless of how often students attend or how many layers of chainmail they wear to the studio?which is why Ashley also offers nutritional guidance intended to help people begin making healthier lifestyle choices outside of class.
Fitness instructor and trainer Jeannie Warfel lives for fitness?for more than 30 years, she's made practicing and teaching exercise her primary goal. At her studio, Jeannie Fitness, she strives to share this passion with others, offering a variety of classes to help meet each individual's needs. Calorie-blasting Zumba classes turn losing weight into a fun dance party where participants can burn as many as 800 calories in one session. Other small-group classes include kickboxing and yoga.
When certified Zumba instructor Ace Gideon presses play his studio Ace All In Total Body Fitness usually fills with the lively pulse of latin music. The upbeat tunes fuel his and his exercisers' movements during traditional Zumba workouts and variations such as Zumba Toning and the chair-based Zumba Sentao. For more strengthening workouts, Gideon throws together a hodgepodge of tug-of-war, ladder-drill, and jump-rope exercises during his indoor, outdoor, and interstellar boot camps.
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 at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
When Lynette Carter walked into her first Zumba class, she weighed 230 pounds. When she walked into her most recent Zumba class, she weighed 120 pounds, and waved hello to her students. Today, Lynette owns PGR Family Cardio Club, an all-ages fitness facility based around Zumba. She uses her own story of transformation to help motivate and inspire new exercisers. Lynette and her instructors know that each attendee starts at a different level of physical fitness, and so they tailor classes accordingly, even holding special sessions geared towards teaching kids or seniors. "You don't have to be a dancer, or in top ... shape to attend any of our classes," she says. "Just come ready to have fun and burn all the calories away."
Zumba instructor Samantha knows that, despite its fiesta-like façade, Zumba has real effects: she’s lost 35 pounds and toned her muscles since starting the practice. At Dance Integrity, where she teaches her classes, she shares these high-energy, dance-inspired workouts with others. The calorie-torching routines don’t require any previous experience, though participants should make sure that their sneakers aren’t too shy to dance.