Tease Fitness Boutique isn’t a gym, and it isn't quite a dance studio. It’s a nonjudgmental fitness studio where women of all shapes and sizes can shimmy, slide, and kick calories—along with the monotony of standard workouts—to the curb. With a schedule filled with burlesque, flirty pole-fitness, boot-camp, and cardio classes, Vertical Tease tempts gals to enjoy their exercise routines, as the staff know that sticking to a workout, like playing catch with a baby black bear, can become difficult after a few months. Classes rotate every six weeks and are always kept small so that instructors can lavish each participant with personal attention.
Ugonna C. Ukwu brings together disparate interests--personal training, health coaching, and an education in business administration--to work toward the singular goal of helping others make the most of their lives. She offers life coaching services that focus on healthy decision making and personal empowerment, as well as financial planning services to ensure her clients can afford the lifestyle that will make them the most happy and successful. She also provides health services in the form of educational blog posts as well as cardio muscle, circuit training, and nia dance fitness classes.
The instructors of B-Town Fitness lead high-energy classes that motivate their charges to burn calories while shimmying their way to healthier lifestyles. The belly-dance and Bhangra/Bollywood teachers whip participants into an energetic frenzy with hip swivels and steps that can sculpt the entire body. Zumba melds exercise and easy-to-follow Latin dance moves for a workout more akin to a party than a fitness class. For more intense sweat sessions, the staff also hosts circuit training, boot camp, and three-legged triathlons. Special events such as a Halloween-themed mud race also aids trainers' efforts to keep fitness fun.
Bull City CrossFit's trainers have the same goal for every single client that steps into their gym: get that person into the best shape of his or her life. It's a lofty aspiration, but one made possible through private training and group CrossFit classes. For the latter, coaches change the workout each day. Depending on the session, they might incorporate weightlifting, work with sandbags, kettlebells, or other exercises. The ever-changing routines ensure clients don't get bored and muscles can't set themselves to autopilot.
Athletic Transformation founder Erikka Hallback gained up to 69 pounds during each of her two pregnancies. After working hard to drop that weight, she wanted to help others feel good about themselves and tackle their own weight issues without compromising their health. At Athletic Transformation, personal trainers work with clients one-on-one or one-on-two in the gym, at a client?s home, or at a local park or bus stop. Boot-camp classes are available as well, and are held outdoors at local parks.
Located in Durham, Tactical Kung Fu and MMA is an academy dedicated to helping its students enjoy the physical and mental benefits of martial-arts practice. With programs in kung fu, tai chi, and qi gong, along with judo, wrestling, and thumb-wrestling classes, this school teaches adults and children discipline and respect while helping them gain strength. Clients burn calories and build lean muscle while punching and grappling and learning the basics of self-defense.