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 off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
At the CrossFit Memphis training studio, every brow is knit in intense concentration. Students are tussling with dumbbells, sprinting up and down courts, and leaping onto Olympic platforms. These are some of the many exercises that make up the innovative CrossFit program, which eschews monotonous cardio machines in favor of varied, high-intensity circuits of functional movements to keep workouts challenging and engaging. Each workout strives to hit a variety of fitness targets at the same time, including stamina, strength, power, balance, and accuracy.
Certified instructors scale movements to accommodate each student's fitness level and help patrons to keep fit by doling out tips on nutrition, emphasizing lean meats and vegetables instead of marshmallows in the shape of lean meats and vegetables. In addition to CrossFit classes, the studio designs specialized classes in strength training and endurance.
Equipment: Rogue lifting bars and weights, rowing machines, kettle bells
Students should bring: Water and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
With a focus on fusing functional neurology with human-performance engineering, Evolve-Life is smarter than the average gym. Its experienced and trained instructors tend to injuries with corrective therapy, conduct sport-specific athlete conditioning, and help their clients live fitter lives. They accomplish the latter with tried-and-true group classes such as Les Mills Bodypump.
Omni Health & Fitness believes everyone should be able to work out in a modern, spacious environment with top-notch equipment. More than just a room of machines, Omni boasts a theater room, where clients can work out while watching a movie, a rock-climbing wall, a juice bar, and a Kids Zone, with inflatable jump castles and obstacle courses for children younger than 11.
Innovation is alive and well at Pilates of Collierville, a wellness studio whose instructors specialize in Stott Pilates, an updated system based on the original Pilates technique developed in the 1920s. Stott augments the original core-strengthening workouts of Pilates with new forms of resistance, building students’ muscles with equipment such as exercise mats, resistance bands, and wading pools filled with half-churned butter.