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.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Owned and operated by fitness consultant Kathleen Rea, Regeneration offers yoga, Pilates, yogalates, and cardio sculpt classes for keeping the body as close to its factory settings as possible. The yogalates class is the result of cross-breeding yoga and Pilates, both of which are also offered as separate classes, and is designed to maximize the body's muscle tone, improve its flexibility, and pour a fresh batch of strength into its core. During the cardio sculpt class, light weights and resistance training help tone bodies while increasing the odds of out-swimming an angry hippo. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling ahead is preferred.
Ageless Health & Fitness Center's expert trainers keep senior citizens and baby boomers finely tuned with age-appropriate exercises executed in a full-service gym facility operated by a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience. A two-month membership invites health enthusiasts of any level to explore the exercise emporium that helps keep attitudes and bodies youthful with bench presses, treadmills, and cryogenic stair climbers. Healthy bites from the downstairs bistro help exercisers refuel, and hard-earned sweat can be washed away beneath an individual shower in the spa-inspired locker rooms. The upper level provides a spacious wonderland for group exercise classes (not included in the price of today's Groupon), including yoga and tai chi, which allow guests to expand their mind, balance their body, and practice dangling from the rafters by their toes.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Whether visitors are looking to hone their boxing skills or simply find an energetic and engaging aerobic workout, Straightright Fitness caters to the needs of students of all ages and ability levels. Boxing instruction is the fitness center's foundation, and the instructors teach attendees how to bob, weave, and jab while building a greater sense of leadership, motivation, and self-discipline. Amped Boxing Aerobics classes focus on the sport's fundamentals, and the studio also offers sessions that blend boxing form and technique with a variety of high-intensity exercises to create aerobic workouts that bolster agility and overall athleticism.