More like a clubhouse for the fitness-minded than a gym, Nutri Danzé invites patrons of all shapes and sizes to hone healthy lifestyles through invigorating, dance-infused classes. Punchy wall colors and music from around the globe make the space buzz with contagious energy as participants shake, dip, and hip roll their way to stronger bodies. Among many class offerings, Latin-inspired Zumba sweat sessions offer an intense aerobic workout, while indian belly dance helps make students’ body language bilingual.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Students as young as four years old learn to respect themselves and others as well as self-defense skills inside Orlando Taekwondo. Taekwondo skills become more advanced as students work their way through belt colors, and special classes introduce weapons training and grappling techniques. The family-run school doesn?t stop at self-defense skills, though. Instructors use fun-focused class time to teach students select words and phrases in Korean as well.
In the large fitness space of Body & Motion Fitness Studio, exercisers gather for fast-paced and fun-filled fitness classes. Positioned in front of wall-to-wall mirrors, instructors lead students in dance fitness such as Zumba and hip-hop cardio, alongside others such as Insanity workouts.
Family is important to the purveyors of Platinum Gym. So, while their members break a sweat on Precor cardio and strength machines, the kids can remain nearby and safe in the onsite kid's club. The gym is so family-friendly, in fact, that kids 10 years and up can use the equipment when supervised and join their parents during a select number of group classes.
Speaking of classes, the 16,000 square foot health club offers instruction in workouts such as Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and spin. And, members can also pamper their weary muscles with massage therapy or highlight their hard work by bronzing newly buff bodies in tanning beds and booths.
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. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her 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.