Nobody should have to suffer through a workout, say the fitness pros who helm Studio Thrive. So, to make exercise as enjoyable as possible, they design group classes that are fun, social, and suitable for all skill levels. Most instructors bring an extensive dance background to the classroom, filling classes such as Zumba and TRX. Personal-training sessions often center on functional-training tools such as TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, both of which foster flexibility and core strength. In addition to designing highly customized workouts, certified personal trainers perform body-composition analyses and fitness assessments to track their clients' progress.
When they're not leading classes or personal-training sessions, Studio Thrive's staffers host private Zumba parties in the spacious studio, lined with oversize mirrors, a polished wooden floor, and a cobalt-blue ceiling. Upon request, they can also bring Zumba sessions to offices, apartment buildings, or painfully quiet libraries.
The pole classes at Studio 3sixT, featured on 9news' “Wargin’s Workout” segment, boost cardiovascular health, strength, and self-confidence for ladies of all fitness levels. The studio's supportive instructors herald from diverse backgrounds, each bringing complementary skills gleaned from careers in dance and gymnastics to the schedule's many classes. The classes accommodate pole scalers of all sizes and abilities, catering to beginners in the introductory course and challenging pros in Pole Method: Level 5—in which men and ladies hone advanced skills such as inverted aerial handsprings and shoulder mount hops. In addition to the pole-dance classes, the instructors also lead barre and flexibility classes to help gals whip into shape sans vertical movement.
Zumba is one of the peppiest fitness options on the schedule. Read on to learn a little about where it comes from.
Because of its tendency to dissolve inhibitions by the time the beat sets in, Zumba has been deemed "exercise in disguise" by instructors in both The Huffington Post and USA Today. The dance-fitness program—now a mainstay in thousands of gyms worldwide—syncs basic dance steps and calisthenics to upbeat music, often drawing upon Latin styles such as merengue, salsa, and flamenco. Certified instructors demonstrate each piece of choreography at the front of the room, motivating participants to groove at their own pace and add creative flairs as they see fit. The program currently branches off into eight variations, including Zumbatomic for children, and Zumba Toning for exercisers who wish to incorporate strength-training elements.
Zumba got its start in Colombia in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of fitness instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez. According to Reuters, Beto initially wanted to name it Rumba—a Spanish word that can translate to party—but swapped in the Z when he found his first choice was trademarked. Today, Beto keeps up with the constantly changing musical culture by arranging new routines for his vast network of instructors every two months, incorporating newer styles such as hip-hop and reggaeton and enlisting artists such as Pitbull and Wyclef Jean to record Zumba-specific tracks.
At Mile High Fitness, a staff of certified trainers across a variety of disciplines—from strength conditioning to Pilates and yoga—helps clients build their self-confidence muscles with classes and one-on-one personal training. Members slim down with fun, engaging Zumba dance workouts, or maintain a holistically healthy lifestyle with corporate wellness-challenge programs or fitness assessments.
Both Angela Goss and Lyza Posey love Zumba because the workout doesn’t feel like a workout at all—it feels like a party. In fact, the Latin-inspired dance routines, set to high-energy tunes, can burn up to 1,000 calories in a one-hour class. Students of Zumba with Angela and Lyza gather twice weekly for these 60-minute sessions.
A night of dancing can easily turn into a workout—minus the boring, repetitive exercises and the feeling that you'd rather be doing something else. Zumba fuses hip-shaking, Latin-inspired dance moves with music from around the world to recreate the exuberance of the dance floor at any time of day. To that end, the instructors at Zumba Fitness lead their students through easy-to-follow steps while music blasts from a boom box manned by a tiny DJ.