Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
Energetic music ricochets off the scarlet and yellow walls in B-Risque’s intimate studio. These tunes animate groups of empowered ladies as they tone muscles and whip hearts into a salutary cardiovascular frenzy during alternative fitness classes structured around sexy moves. Pole-dancing classes use a small forest of poles as shiny and golden as Midas's skiing equipment to help strengthen muscles and build flexibility. Popular Jamaica Me Fit classes, meanwhile, set calorie-torching moves to reggae and Caribbean tunes. B-Risque Fitness prides itself on making workouts enjoyable and inclusive to exercisers of all fitness levels. Some classes are designed specifically for plus-size women, such as Curvaceous Cardio, which focuses on conditioning hips, abs, and thighs.
Knock Outs Hair & Body Studio is a self-described progressive salon, which is apparent based on its clients who have purple streaks, mohawks, and crackle-polish manicures. That's not to say the staff members only create bold looks—a look at their before and after gallery shows everything from classic highlights and layered looks to twists. The staff includes three licensed stylists, as well as apprentices who, if they're anything like the movies, should be able to enchant brooms into sweeping up hair by themselves.
Dianna Akar isn't the least bit intimidated by the fact that her clients all start at different fitness levels. On the contrary, she relishes the challenge, tailoring her programs to align with each of their goals. Akar is a certified personal trainer, using her experience to helm outdoor boot-camp sessions for both men and women that draw from yoga, aerobics, plyometrics, strength training, and chimney sweeping.
During your two personal training sessions, one of ZX Fitness’ experienced personal trainers will work with you to assemble exercises that help you best accomplish your fitness goals, be they tightening your core, shedding extra pounds, improving muscular strength, or picking winning bingo cards. Then you’ll be let loose to use your newfound knowledge and six-week pass during all ZX Fitness group fitness classes and in its fully-loaded facility, which has cardio decks, basketball courts, free weights, large locker rooms, circuit training equipment, juice bars, a supervised children’s area, and more. Group fitness classes, of which there are more than 20, include cycling, dance, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Unwind after a day of sweating and stretching by watching a sports game on one of the many HDTVs, or warm your socks while dehydrating fresh prunes in the sauna. Class schedules differ at each location.
Get Your Zumba On sparks sputtering metabolisms with its combination of Latin dance and aerobic-interval training. Students cut a calorie-torching rug with moves inspired by flamenco, salsa, erotic folk, and other hip-swiveling rhythms. During each one-hour class, a certified instructor will guide sweaty shakers through each dip, slide, and triple lindy, sculpting muscles bundles and slimming silhouettes. Check the schedule for class locations and times.