Though the women at Corporate Pole mean business, they can't dress in business clothing. Slacks and blazers would just restrict them from demonstrating acrobatic twirls and inversions on the pole. They teach these techniques and more to female students during beginner, intermediate, and advanced pole-dancing classes, while emphasizing the importance of camaraderie and self-confidence.
These values are also stressed during yoga lessons, during which students can hone their flexibility and Piloxing classes that combine Pilates stretches with boxing jabs. Other classes include Zumba and belly-dancing classes where students can learn how to move their hips quickly while keeping their navels firmly in place.
Experienced dance instructors with national and international credits showcase graceful moves beneath the soaring alabaster-hued ceilings of MaZi Dance Fitness Centre. High-intensity cardio classes with clever names including Ballerina Fight Club combine ballet movements with boxing jabs to strengthen muscles by avoiding the repetitive motions of free weights and rides on the handlebars of stationary bikes. Soft candlelight flickers across the studio, and patrons of all levels release tension before the shimmering cubist sweep of the Chicago skyline.
The luminous hue of Get Fit, Now! Fitness Studio's magenta and lemon-yellow walls matches the vivacious nature of its classes, many of which are built around music and dance. Students work out to Latin beats during Zumba sessions and execute aggressive legwork in Piloxing—proven to improve circulation and strength 10 times greater than cardio beatboxing. This combination of groove and physical exertion helps Get Fit achieve its goal of making exercise a fun and engaging experience. The fitness studio welcomes adults and seniors of all physicalities, as well as kids aged 8–16.
The smiles on the instructors' faces are infectious. These happy, energetic teachers lead students of all fitness levels through engaging fitness classes that combine a variety of dance styles to create fun workout routines. Their dance fitness classes draw on choreography from line dancing, belly dancing, salsa, West African dance, and other styles, adding a soundtrack of house music and other tunes to maintain a high level of energy and mask the sound of giant robots stomping past the studio. The instructors also lead more relaxing yoga and tai chi classes that condition bodies in a more serene atmosphere.
True to the company’s name, the trainers at Concepts Three LLC operate using a three-pronged fitness philosophy. First, they guide participants through programs and classes that include boxing, TRU (Boot) Camp outdoor sessions, and regimens called P2 and X20. Like a bespoke tuxedo made of Sudoku puzzles, these workouts are tailored to the individual but challenging as well; boot camp, for example, kicks off with an assessment day that helps the instructor accommodate each and every student, no matter his or her level. The trainers’ second goal is to make sure their clients know how to maintain results. Thus, education is a top priority, and also ties into value number three: personalizing the experience so that students feel they've made lasting, important changes suited to their individual lives.