While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
Sherese Sweeney Leonard, DDS, and her clinically accredited staff keep smiles blinding with cosmetic and restorative dental services. By continuing her education, staying abreast of developing technologies, and gleaning years of sage advice from wisdom teeth, Dr. Leonard has built a repertoire of state-of-the art techniques to maintain mouth bones. Lackluster grins can sparkle after teeth whitening or the installation of porcelain veneers. Complimentary music and magazines, much like the velvet-lined trunk in which Mr. Potato Head stores spare features, keep ears and eyes comfortable while procedures are taking place.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training, weight training, and light alligator wrestling, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Those who desire more individualized support can take advantage of one-on-one sessions with certified personal trainers. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
GoForItKickboxing.com?s certified trainers draw on two fitness methods to get clients in shape: kickboxing and high-intensity interval training. During classes, they teach students real kickboxing punches, kicks, and combinations that work the entire body while imparting invaluable self-defense knowledge. They combine these techniques with a high-intensity interval-training philosophy, which alternates between periods of intense aerobic activity and short periods of rest. The result is a workout that is fun, energetic, and can burn up to 800 calories in one session.
Within CrossFit MettleWorks, wooden crates and ropes are neither junk nor decoration, they?re part of the workout. Classes make use of everyday objects to challenge guests with full-body functional exercises that include weight-lifting, gymnastics, and high-intensity cardio, and change every day. The coaches at CrossFit MettleWorks pride themselves on creating a community of like-minded guests who are passionate about fitness, and work individually with athletes of all fitness levels.