Feel the Beat Fitness’s Dance Trance classes evoke a high-energy club with vibrant lighting and up-tempo tunes ranging from hip-hop to rock-‘n’-roll. No more than 25 trainees sweat to the beat in each class as instructors lead cardio-centric workouts that demand as many as 5,000 surefire steps in one hour’s time—the same number required to break in a new pair of flippers. Currently, the studio’s class offerings include DT Breakdown, in which students learn one or two choreographed routines, and DT Jam, which eschews choreography in favor of free-form dances designed to summon sweat downpours. Classes on the current schedule take place in the evenings on Monday–Friday, and on Saturday mornings.
When she was a kid, yearly family visits to California persuade Johanna Epps to move west as soon as possible. En route in 2001, she attended her first yoga class in Phoenix. Within a year, she had quit her job to teach the exercise form. After wracking up extensive training experience and meeting all but one California Raisin, Johanna moved back to Arkansas, where she founded Go Inside Yoga Studio. Here, she teaches vinyasa-style yoga classes for beginner and intermediate students, with an emphasis on hard work.
While she picked up her yogic training on her travels, Johanna's studio has been in her family for generations. Originally called Ma Tuckers, the joint served Southern-style fare to students and factory workers. Although the ghosts of grits and greens still haunt the hallways, Johanna's studio has been completely remodeled by her father to suit her yogic practices.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The certified instructors and black belts at Grandmaster Hans Martial Arts of Central Arkansas do more than just teach their students how to kick and hit. Instead, their sparring lessons in various arts––including jujitsu and tae kwon do––are designed to build confidence, teach bravery, and instill self-discipline. They do so for adults as well as kids, who can also take advantage of the facility's active after-school program.
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.