Zumba in Clayton

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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.

131 Guy Road
Clayton,
NC
US

Equipment: Life Fitness, Concept2, Hammer Strength, Free Motion, Schwinn, and TRX

Students should bring: Water bottle, sneakers, and a good attitude

Average class length: 30?60 minutes

Number of Staff: 11?25

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2005

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking garage

Q&A with Jessica Bottesch, Co-owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

We believe in teaching our clients how to do our exercise programs, as well as how their bodies work and how the exercises we are prescribing will help them achieve their fitness goals. We also combine a scientific approach with energetic instructors, upbeat music, and a community environment that keep our clients motivated.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

When one woman first joined us, she couldn't look people in the eye and refused to work with a male trainer. Today, she is a new person: 60 pounds lighter, stronger, more confident, and completely comfortable with all our trainers. In her personal life, she also found the courage to make a major career change.

Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?

At Empower, you will receive unparalleled personalized attention?even in our focused group classes?all while becoming a part of our supportive fitness community.

2501 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh,
NC
US

A forest of punching bags dangles from the rafters at Box-2B-Fit Boxing Clubs, where athletes throw jabs and hooks as instructors motivate them to push to their limits during each workout. Modeled after boxing training, the workouts at Box-2B-Fit supplement floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee with strength training and kettlebell drills to light the path toward slimmer and stronger physiques. Patrons of all ages and fitness levels are welcome, and the goal of the fast-paced workouts is not to train championship fighters, but to inspire fit-seekers to whip into peak physical condition.

Like the plot of Rocky, Box-2B-Fit revolves around boxing, but has something for everybody. The trainers also lead fitness classes in TRX suspension training and kettlebell training, in addition to high-intensity indoor and outdoor boot camps and indoor rowing.

8804 Gulf Ct.
Raleigh,
NC
US

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.

6516 Falls Of Neuse Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

The staff at Too Sexy knows just how tough it can be to get in shape. Two instructors have gone on lengthy personal weight-loss journeys: one lost 60 pounds, while the other lost more than 200 pounds. They aim to make others’ journeys easier by enlivening workout regimens with high-energy classes, such as Latin dance-inspired Zumba, boot camp, and line dancing. They also offer flexibility-enhancing yoga classes as part of a robust schedule of more than 50 classes per month.

3308 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Suite 132
Raleigh,
NC
US

Get Moving Fitness Licensed instructor Casey began her infatuation with Zumba three years ago after attending a class in upstate New York. Since moving to Apex, she has devoted her time to spreading the good word of the rhythmic workout, leading protégés through accessible steps, spins, and stretches set to Latin music. Now, she divides her time between two studios, but she sashays out into the wider world to host private sessions in guests’ homes, personal gyms, or bouncy castles.

519 Broad Street
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US