Though its title may conjure up images of base jumping or spelunking in volcanoes, Xtreme Sports challenges its members to tackle standard recreational activities with intensity. But its coaches and trainers also know that sports and physical activity should be fun, so whether their charges are shimmying to Latin rhythms in a Zumba class, improving athletic prowess during athlete boot camp, or honing teamwork skills during summer camp, they are getting positive reinforcement. This helps the instructors lead both adults and children toward their individual goals of losing weight, improving agility, or bench-pressing family members.
Krystal Reynolds always has had a passion for fitness that extended beyond just going to the gym. She learned early on that the secret to sticking to a workout was to vary the routine, as well as to rely on camaraderie and innovation to keep students excited. After melding that blueprint and with her 13 years of experience, Krystal finally had the formula to create Blaze Fit Studio. Krystal has mastered the practice of fusing multiple exercise disciplines together to help transform bodies and keep them running in tiptop shape.
The instructors at Pure Body Fitness Studio, voted the Best Place to Workout in Best of Cary 2012 by the Cary News, specialize in motivating their patrons to have fun and socialize as they get into shape in group fitness classes. They lead more than 40 fitness classes for both beginners and more advanced fitness buffs, ranging from hot yoga and Pilates to Latin dance and spinning. During Les Mills classes, they focus on major muscle groups in BodyPump, endurance in BodyAttack, and core muscles in CxWorx. The vibrant atmosphere features bright, open classrooms, which are filled with heart-pumping music.
LA Boxing offers fitness classes in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts. The proprietary style of the LA Boxing workout is a mixture of genuine fight training, engaging fitness, and stronger-than-earth gravity. Quasi-boxers and martial artists usually burn from 800 to more than 1,000 calories during these total-body routines, which combine external inspiration with jukes, jabs, and kicks. Both men and women are welcome in the ring, where they'll learn new techniques and methods to blissfully break into a sweat in an energetic group setting. Gloves are provided during the 30-day trial membership, as are a set of reusable pro-quality hand wraps and complimentary motivational mumbling from Mickey Goldmill (all three subject to availability).
One wouldn’t often expect to combine pinot noir with spandex and sweating. But at My Favorite Cardio Place, instructors seamlessly blend social time and exercise in a relaxed, friendly setting. Participants spend the first 15 minutes mingling, sipping, and stretching before moving on to 60 minutes of calorie-burning exercises. Instructor and fifth-degree black belt David Aquino teaches tae kwon do, cardio kickboxing, and martial-arts classes that are therapeutically targeted to children with autism, ADD, or Tourette’s syndrome.
As evident by its fox mascot, Downtown Fitness & Wellness is all about fun. That doesn’t mean, however, the instructors don’t take exercise seriously. The 3,380-square-foot facility boasts joint-friendly sprung floors, which jostle beneath the energetic kicks, dance steps, and aerobic movements made by students during regular classes.
TKO Fitness' instructors get along swimmingly, even though they all love to fight. They boast a range of expertise garnered in careers as professional boxers while earning black belts in tae kwon do, or studying exercise science in college. They use their experience to conduct kickboxing classes, which utilize over 20 heavy bags; mixed-martial-arts classes, which are held in a cage-walled arena; and traditional boxing lessons, hosted in their floor-mounted, standard-sized boxing ring. In addition to their pugilistic fitness activities, they host a gym's worth of equipment for more standard workouts, including kettlebells and TRX suspension harnesses.