Although Intersport Fitness Center houses a sprawling weight room, there's still space for exercisers who don't want to work out alone. The facility's staff schedules one-on-one personal-training sessions and weekly group-fitness classes, including cycling and aerobics. Topping things off are amenities such as saunas.
Fitness Evolution's gyms span the country, from California to Maryland, hosting hassle-free workouts on their high-quality equipment or in a wide range of group classes led by upbeat instructors. The staff strives to maintain an open, inviting atmosphere at all times, whether helping clients operate free weights or offering encouragement to Aqua Fit and indoor cycling classes. Fitness Evolution conveniently offers some nutritional guidance and exercise training online with goal-oriented workouts, meal plans, and recommendations on the best strategies for going outside.
SOS Club is an unusually luxurious take on a gym—for one, there's an on-site bar and restaurant. For another, there's not one swimming pool, but three, including a heated one. The array of sports courts, meanwhile, ranges from tennis courts to basketball ones. For a group workout, members can also take to the group fitness studios, for sessions of mini-ball Zumba, Pilates, yoga, or pirate toga.
Kristina loves dance fitness so much that she quit her day job to dedicate her time to it. In 2010, Kristina became certified in Zumba and soon realized she wasn't satisfied with her work as a paralegal, so she left the position to open Fuzion Fitness. Here, she leads a team of impassioned coaches who help clients improve their overall health with guided fitness regimens set to pulsing world music. The upbeat, high-intensity classes include Zumba, boot camp, and Piloxing, which fuses Pilates and boxing exercises.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear something loose and comfortable.
Robert Taylor, owner and head instructor at Robert Taylor's Shudo-Kan Karate, has a simple philosophy on teaching martial arts and fitness: "We make it fun," he says. "We understand each person has a different pace, so we push them at their pace, not the pace of the other person." He carries that style of teaching over into all of his classes, from training kids in the earliest steps of karate to helping adults get fighting-fit with muay thai or Zumba classes. He rounds out the schedule with judo, grappling, and weapons form classes, giving students a complete spectrum of training in martial arts both ancient and modern.
When Vicki Dixon tells her students, "You can do it and are worth it!" she knows what she's talking about. With her husband, they lost more than 100 pounds once they started doing Zumba together. But not only did she shed pounds and gain energy: she wanted to share her experience with others, so they could also party their way into shape with Zumba. She and her husband became licensed Zumba instructors, and now do just that at Zumba Queen V.