The trainers at Stewart Fitness assist their clients in breaking plateaus, improving current exercise routines, and honing their form so they can work out safely and effectively to reach their individual goals. Led by Johnny Stewart, a professional bodybuilder with a decorated record, trainers also help beginners pair exercise with personalized nutrition guidelines, and they help experienced clients break into the world of figure contests.
Kim School of Tae Kwon Do doesn't require its students to fit into a specific mold. The school's instructors have plenty of knowledge to share with beginners and advanced students alike. It's here where Grandmaster Ju Hun Kim uses his 9th Dan Black Belt certification to help participants develop martial arts skills while boosting their self-confidence. A team of talented supporting instructors are also eager to work with students one-on-one in effort to further hone their burgeoning craft. While their chosen martial art is intended as a self-defense tool, classes at the school can also help tone muscles, improve flexibility, and relieve stress.
Heroic Fitness tailors workouts to client needs. While weight loss may be achieved through all their programs, they can make it the primary focus with an emphasis on keeping the pounds off. Trainers can also prep participants for sports, customizing routines to enhance competitive edges. They can train clients to defend themselves, as well, with kick boxing, which also burns up to 500 calories an hour, forming slimmer, toned figures. For a mixed-bag method of fitness, they also organize boot camps that include resistance training, cardio, weightlifting, and more.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Bruno Melo, known internationally as Mestre Esquilo, which translates to Master Squirrel, is North Carolina's only capoeira master. At The International Capoeira School, Mestre Esquilo draws on his 24 years of practicing the Afro-Brazilian martial-art form that blends music, dance, acrobatics, and martial arts. He's traveled to more than 20 countries for capoeira, and settled in North Carolina's to found the school in 2013. Pupils of all ages and backgrounds study the rich history of capoeira as they perform hypnotic combos and dance-like kicks to drumbeats and Brazilian rhythms. The dance side of things is more thoroughly explored in Brazilian Rhythms classes, where Glau Santana instructs students in twirls, shimmies, and shakes. All levels of dancers are welcome.
At a fork in the road, a triangular building rises from the earth, inviting travelers to stop and recharge before pondering which path to take. Inside that building lives planBreathe, a holistic healing studio that specializes in massage, yoga, and therapeutic breathing. A crackling fireplace invites bodies to melt stress and marshmallows inside the main studio, where inhalation instruction undergirds several classes, including yoga and transformational breathwork. There, students learn to dissolve energy blockages by promoting oxygen flow and a healthy union of body and mind, while yoga classes also stretch and strengthen the muscles, helping students sculpt long, lean physiques as they exhale pent-up tension. Instead of hugging protons to cultivate positivity, staffers grow it naturally with upbeat personalities and a focus on client satisfaction. The studio teems with other opportunities to relax, including custom massages, private showers, and spirituality-based workshops.