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 up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
The YMCA of the Inland Northwest hosts family-friendly pool parties, welcoming pint-size party-goers to explore a lazy river, splash in the wading-pool playground, and cavort in private party rooms. Fifteen minutes prior to party time, soiree hosts load the party room with refreshments and await revelers for one boisterous hour of cake, gifts, and instructions on avoiding lap-pool sharks. For the next 1.5 hours—the required time period for sanctioned games of Marco Polo—tykes recline in inner tubes for a float down the lazy river or submerge ankles in the wading-pool playground. Posses of tykes blitz enemies with various sprays and self-tipping water buckets, and 30-foot water slides beckon pint-size swimmers and hamsters bored with conventional cage tubes. The YMCA provides fully trained and certified staff members to supervise splashing, but encourages parents or guardians to attend at no additional charge.
Helmed by Master Teacher and owner Maria Sevilla, professionally certified instructors at The Pilates Life flex their teaching muscles to give individual attention to each client. The mat and springboard class, limited to eight people per session, suits all fitness levels from retired ranchers to adept acrobats. The mat exercises build core strength, precision and control, and combine forces with the springboard to provide pupils with challenging exercises for the upper and lower limbs. Guided by instructors who have completed a comprehensive certified program including mat, apparatus and anti-levitation training, classes are shepherded with vigilance and encouragement. Classes are available for sign up on the detailed online schedule. Groupon customers can sign up online after taking their first class.
Spokane Yoga Shala devotes its dynamic classes to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, which coordinates fluid sequences of postures with breathing, aligning the body along its central axis while strengthening the core. Novice students can master proper breathing techniques, improve focus, and scratch those hard-to-reach parts of the back with their feet during beginner classes such as Yoga 101, which introduces basic Ashtanga postures. The Restorative Vinyasa class harnesses the powers of gravity, deep breathing, and formal Victorian etiquette. More seasoned sun-saluters can hone postures as well as pruning shears during a Primary Series (level 3) exploration of the full range of Ashtanga postures, or Power Yoga (level 2), which juxtaposes heat and cool to leave bodies feeling more refreshed than a howler monkey after a throat massage.