While working for 13 years as a massage therapist, Valerie Gibson used yoga to keep her own body healthy and in shape. Eventually, she realized she had a desire to teach yoga as well, becoming a certified instructor. While yoga kept her strong, she longed for a bit of fun and cardio in her routine. She soon discovered Zumba, quickly seeking a teaching certification there too. Inspired by her own fitness routine, she started Zuga Fitness as a gym where clients could find Zumba, yoga, and massage all in one place. Now, with the help of her staff, she offers classes seven days a week, helping students of all fitness levels discover a passion for fun-focused exercise.
At Z Total Body, trainers lead energizing and up-tempo workouts that help clients burn calories, lose weight, and sleep easy at night. Members select from a diverse menu of group fitness classes that range from traditional cardio and abdominal workouts to inventive classes that integrate belly dance or hula-hooping. Instructors also build brawn via interval resistance training and muscle-confusion classes and Wild Card Workouts, which blend cardio and muscle training with full-contact card games of Crazy Eights.
The staff of fitness experts at Best Body Fitness works with its clients to lose weight and tone muscles with training and nutrition. In addition to body-composition analysis and personal training, the staff also offers fitness classes such as Hard-Body Yoga, which combines the stretching of yoga with strength training.
Polga combines two of Foxy Fit Studios' chief fitness methods: pole dancing and yoga. By blending pole-fitness moves with traditional yoga asanas, participants work around the pole in a way that strengthens and aligns the body without the need to dead lift a chiropractor. It's one of Foxy Fit's many fitness classes, which also include hip-hop, stiletto fitness (for advanced pole-dancing students), and kickboxing.
With an expansive, 1,200-square-foot sprung hardwood dance floor in its 4,000-square-foot space, Central Studio serves a smorgasbord of healthy lifestyle choices. From Pilates and Zumba to classical ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, its expert instructors lead all manner of dance and fitness classes. Other workouts adopt a rigorous bootcamp style, such as outdoor cardio interval training and cardio barre. Elsewhere, the studio offers massages, Thai healing sessions, and personal training; there’s also an art gallery with work from local artists and a library where you can brush up on the latest health and wellbeing literature.
Saint Louis Workout helps members get fit with a fleet of weightlifting equipment, high-tech cardio machines, and more than 30 weekly classes. Elliptical machines assist in bouts of calorie singeing, and free weights tone muscles more efficiently than replacing one's hands with bowling balls. A full roster of classes includes Zumba, yoga, and interval-training sessions, and the brigade of seasoned certified personal trainers customize workouts, drawing from experience in such fields as running, health science, and bodybuilding. With onsite showers and a whirlpool, the gym helps workouts and relaxation fit into busy days.
At Santé Fitness & Wellness at the Chase Park Plaza, 18,000 square feet of space, an outdoor swimming pool, and an expansive schedule of fitness classes skim the surface of its lavish facility. Guests can take advantage of WiFi, personal TVs, upscale fitness machines, and protein shakes and beverages; personal trainers can plan private Pilates sessions and individual health coaching.