What do a flower child, a disco dancer, and a hair-metal rocker have in common? If they're at Dash From The Past, they're all running. That's because the 5K encourages its participants to dress up in gear from their favorite decade as they sprint along the course, fooling onlookers into thinking Andy Warhol or Axl Rose are out competing.
Jenny Sanchez believes that yoga really can heal, and she?s pretty persuasive. Originally a personal trainer, Sanchez suffered from bad knees that couldn?t be made right by her standard gym regimen. When a friend recommended hot yoga, she jumped in and unwittingly started the ball rolling for an eventual career change. ?She told me I had to do four classes a week and break my butt every time I went in there for a month. The more you do it, the better it becomes.? And it worked?Sanchez? knees don?t bother her anymore, and on top of that, she found she had gained the upper-body definition she had always wanted, but hadn't achieved in the gym. She was so ?all about? hot yoga that she opened her own studio.
But Sanchez isn?t the only one that has noticed the restorative benefits of hot yoga. ?People who come to yoga want the total mind-body experience. And they work through stuff. You feel like you?re enhancing someone?s life just by giving them space to do this.? During her classes at Bikram Hot Yoga, practitioners endure 105-degree temps as they run through a series of 26 postures, holding them long enough to promote flexibility, strength, and appreciation for the Statue of Liberty?s discipline. And though the routine doesn?t change, the results keeps coming Sanchez says, ?because your body keeps changing, it challenges you every single day.?
After her third child was born, fitness professional Kim Goodman knew she needed a new way to stay fit. She eventually found the inspiration she hoped for right under her nose: her baby. With a little experimenting, she created a workout regimen that allowed her to bond with her baby while burning calories. Many of the exercises are built around simple things most new mothers have on hand, like their own body, stability balls, and, yes, a baby.
And so Mommycise Fitness came to be, with classes designed for expectant mothers and those with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Her 60-minute regimen combines fat-burning intervals, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and stretching. Mothers and children get to enjoy close contact during class while doing mutually safe exercises, designed with the post-natal body in mind. Kim warns moms to dress to exercise?the class summons up a good sweat?and to bring any baby gear they need with them. Mommycise Fitness provides all the other necessary pieces of workout equipment, including yoga mats and light weights.
At Renzo Gracie Training Center, which was named after Brazilian jujitsu master Renzo Gracie, mentor of UFC champions Matt Serra and Ricardo Almeida, students of all skill levels sculpt stronger, leaner bodies with high-energy classes. The academy’s training center equips athletes with climbing ropes, wrestling mats, and punching bags for classes in boxing or muay thai. HyperFit classes pump hearts with high-intensity conditioning drills to improve strength, agility, and speed as martial-arts courses teach students defenses against common street attacks and weapons such as guns, knives, and trebuchets. The studio also facilitates cross-training efforts by hosting clinics on topics such as yoga, running, and intergalactic pole vaulting.
As a rising star in the salsa circuit, Casa Salsa's founder Christian Espinola has danced across stages around the country—including the New York Salsa Congress and Miami Heat halftime shows. He quickly became a sought-after dance instructor, and is currently a representative for the CW Network's Spanish Heritage Month celebration. At his dance studio, he leads a team of experienced, energetic dance instructors who are passionate about the salsa, bachata, and cha-cha moves they teach. They lead students of all ages and abilities through each dance's footwork and partnering techniques during private and group lessons, workshops, and monthly outings. They also offer monthly memberships, which grant guests access to unlimited group classes and an online dance-training program, which helps them further sharpen their hip-swinging moves at home or at a WiFi café.
A professional dancer who has strutted across dance floors from Miami to New York, Christian Espinola founded Casa Salsa with the hope of bringing Latin dance to the masses. That hope has since become reality, as Christian continues to welcome new students to freewheeling Zumba workouts and salsa classes geared toward singles and couples.
But he's not alone in his efforts. The rest of his team brings a wide range of influences to Casa Salsa; Miami native Alfredo Rodriguez draws on his experience as a DJ, while Peruvian native Angie Zumaran draws on the bachata steps he started learning at a young age.