Though many dance-fitness fads have come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.
The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone?s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4?10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
Dedicated to helping guests locate the core of their physical and spiritual beings, Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More's instructors blend Eastern and Western philosophies into emphatic programs that focus on establishing unity between the mind and body. The sounds of heaving breaths and stretch-induced groans permeate the center?s expansive studios, where instructors lead classes in Pilates and yoga along with high-energy dance-a-thons. Limbs stretched to their limits during workouts can recover with reiki sessions that target the body?s centers of energy and relax muscles still barking from prolonged downward-dog poses.
All of Omaha Yoga School's classes help connect minds and bodies, but one does it particularly well, Hyp-Yoga. This class uses deep breathing and deliberate movements to help students focus on their life goals, whether they want to experience less stress, lose weight, or levitate.
Mind/Body Melt classes also help center the mind and release tension, and traditional Vinyasa classes rely on focused deep-breathing to power movements. And because class sizes are small, with no more than eight students, there are few distractions.
Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
Aspen Athletic Club furnishes workers out with weight and resistance machines for bulking up and a spin room for burning calories and raising heart rates. Group classes at the Aksarben and Shadow Lake locations let pupils choose from five different exercise types, from choreographed cardio sessions to yoga classes that challenge both the body and the mind. The Turbo Kick class sets kickboxing techniques to up-tempo music, and students of The Tone Zone session build muscle using dumbbells, stability balls, and disobedient wolfhounds tied to their arms. Class schedules run from morning to night, Monday–Saturday, allowing students to fit workouts into busy schedules. During the 50-minute personal-training session, members meet with trainers in order to fashion fitness plans customized to meet individual goals and the state's stringent requirements for collecting lotto winnings. After working out, exercisers retire to stress-melting steam baths before changing in pristine locker rooms.