Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from jazz dance, yoga, Pilates, 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 600 calories with each go-round.
Melinda Elaine Hoye tried for years to shed extra pounds. It wasn't until she abandoned diet trends and began exercising regularly that she achieved her fitness goals. She says she dropped 76 pounds in only 10 months.
Today, the toned fitness guru extends her expertise to others at her own boot-camp program. She breaks her program into three phases. The first focuses on weight-loss and the second on weight-maintenance. The final phase is designed to help patrons train for challenging physical activities such as running marathons, competing in triathlons, and getting rid of crates of stolen bowling trophies. In addition to leading cardio and strength-training exercises, Melinda works on comprehensive meal plans and nutritional tips. She has even published her own book on fitness, From Fat to P.H.A.T., in which she refutes common fitness myths.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
Located within Hickey Karate Center, both Red Door Yoga and Martial Fight and Fitness programs emphasize full-body fitness through centuries-old practices. During either class type, small groups of about 10 people meet for lessons on basic technique that aim to challenge physical fitness and minds. During yoga classes, an instructor trained in the YogaFit technique leads students through a series of traditional poses designed to tone muscles, reenact childhood Twister parties, and improve flexibility. Martial Fight and Fitness classes combine martial arts self-defense techniques and kickboxing-style movements into a strength and conditioning workout that highlights form without physical contact. Because of the traditional curriculum, students who take these classes may find it easier to later transition into a martial arts program. Yoga classes run in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and martial arts classes take place on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness helps students cultivate a well-rounded self-defense system by providing instruction in tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, kickboxing, and grappling. At the core of each class are the five tenets of martial-arts training, which include respect, humility, perseverance, self-control, and x-ray vision. Instructors teach students of all fitness levels and who range from 2.5-year-olds to senior citizens.