At Formfitting Fitness, certified personal trainer Kaysa and her all-female staff carve out space for women to exercise. More often than not, that space is in the air. The studio's fitness classes include pole dancing, aerial hoops, and suspension yoga, a form of yoga that is performed in a hammock. Complementing the group lessons, the staff schedules personal training, nutritional counseling, and themed parties that teach attendees how to lap dance, belly dance, or pole dance.
Led by experienced personal trainer Patti Skok, the instructors at Lean Body Bootcamp help fitness seekers target fat with challenging workouts and straightforward nutrition plans. The crew operates within a large cheerleading facility with spring-loaded mats that are easy on the knees and ankles and make games of Twister even more challenging. They combine cardio exercises such as jump roping and trampoline work with strength training such as dumbbells, all in an effort to boost metabolism and burn away excess pounds.
Skok has designed a 21-day boot-camp program that includes a structured meal plan with simplified recipes and recommendations for eating the right carbs at the right time of day. She also offers a custom 90-day Body by Vi plan, which employs protein shakes to supplement a healthy diet.
In Italian, the name forza means strength. The 5 in the studio's name represents founder Lisa Tenore's children, from whom the longtime yoga teacher and personal trainer says she gets that strength. And it's also strength—spiritual, energetic, and physical—that helps students achieve their fitness and wellness goals at Forza5. The fitness-center side of Forza5 features a full gym where calories are torched and bodies are toned during group and one-on-one strength-training classes, Zumba classes, yoga, and interval training. In its capacity as a holistic healing center, Forza5 helps students find their inner peace with soothing reiki sessions, natural health counseling, and meditation circles during full moons.
Though Paula Muniz has had a lifelong love of music and dance, it wasn’t until she first tried out the hip-shaking routines of Zumba that she discovered her life’s passion. She now inaugurates others into the fun, slimming dance class with five sessions per week. Class times kick off at a comfortable 9:30 in the morning and start as late as 7 p.m., accommodating clients with hectic work schedules. She offers both classic Zumba and the slower, more resistance-based Zumba Toning so clients can mix up their cardio and strength-training routines, all to Latin beats.
Max's Best Bootcamp takes place rain or shine, either outdoors or in the spacious turf-carpeted studio. Certified personal trainer and body transformation expert Max Barry pushes students to burn fat and lose weight through fun, intense classes that make use of kettlebells, tires, sandbags, agility cones, and suspension training to help build strength and boost endurance. He provides students with one-on-one coaching during personal-training sessions. The staff at Max's Best Bootcamp also works to motivate their students specifically to drive results.
At Connecticut Martial Arts, classically trained martial artist and fifth-degree tae kwon do black belt Master Steven Doyon leads a team of instructors who teach both the physical techniques and the philosophy of martial arts. Fitness-kickboxing classes teach participants to punch and kick as they shed weight. Muay thai kickboxing classes focus on the martial art's core techniques in intense lessons. Kids' martial-arts lessons teach youngsters to defend themselves against bullies as they acquire discipline and focus.