Certified yoga instructor Lisa Leonard leads Vinyasa Flow classes, which strengthen and tone bodies and calm minds through a series of linked yoga poses. Students may start off seated on the floor, inhaling and exhaling deeply, before slowly transitioning to poses that challenge the core and improve balance. Eventually, they'll work their way to standing poses that stretch out the body and increase flexibility.
Lisa can tailor her lessons to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. The certified yoga-chair specialist also teaches clients unable to participate in her traditional classes due to their advanced age or physical limitations.
Light floods the cozy studio and streams through the wall-to-wall windows to bounce off the mirrors lining the practice space. High-energy music thumps through in the studio, giving students the extra oomph needed to motor through cardio moves or shake hips in a variety of fitness classes. Latin-inspired Zumba and ME (Movement & Energy) classes keep the mood playful, while stretch classes offer a tranquil respite in which muscles can elongate or practice imitating rubber bands. Expert instructors fuse yoga, ballet, and Pilates in barre classes, which help tone and sculpt muscles in 45- to 60-minute sessions.
As a child, Jennifer Earl loved dancing: she excelled in ballet, tap, and jazz. But the self-proclaimed Zumba Queen didn't discover her passion for the dance-workout fusion until 2009. After being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder, she struggled to stay motivated at the gym?then she took her first?Zumba class. Jennifer was hooked, and became a licensed instructor for both?Zumba?and?Zumbatomic, designed for kids ages 4?12.
Today, the Texas City native teaches group?Zumba classes four days a week at two locations. She even offers private workouts with a party atmosphere, perfect for ladies' nights, kids' birthdays, and family reunions that get awkward if people talk for too long.
Music floods over the sound system as dancers on their tiptoes grip a ballet barre. A wooden floor supports their moves as they stare into a mirror, which reflects their perfectly pointed legs and angelic halos. At Center Stage Studio, owner, founder, and director Temi Woodley captains a team of instructors who lead dance and fitness classes in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Youngsters and adults alike can attend a wide variety of group classes, such as Zumba, hip-hop, two-step, and spiritual praise dancing. The studio also opens its doors for private dance or fitness lessons and birthday parties.
At Ego Fitness Studios, certified instructors strive toward the goal of helping clients cultivate a healthy ego. To that end, they welcome men, women, and children inside for personal-training sessions, sports-training sessions, and a slew of group-fit-training classes that are typically capped at 10 students. Their expertise is put to work in the studio's signature class: Boost. During these sessions, they run exercisers through a circuit of abs exercises, cardio exercises, and lower- or upper-body strength training with weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, and TRX bands.
Beyond the accoutrements incorporated during Boost, Ego Fitness also maintains rows of 100-pound punching bags that dangle from the ceiling. They get a thorough plumping during Kickboxing classes. Meanwhile, a forest of shiny poles awaits robot campers and guests for women-only Sexy and Pole Dance Fit classes and in-studio pole dancing parties. Alternatively, the facility houses karate classes taught by sixth-degree black-belt-master instructor Ron Williams, and offers chiropractic services from on-staff licensed chiropractors.
Husband and wife Rhabby and Corrie both pursued fitness throughout their lives, studying martial arts, practicing yoga, and toning their cores with Pilates. But when they first heard of Zumba, Rhabby dismissed it as overhyped. Tatiana, however, had always wanted to learn the Latin dances, and eventually she convinced her husband to be her class partner. To their surprise, they found the first five minutes of class so intense they weren?t sure they could finish. But finish they did, and they loved it so much they even went on to become instructors. Eventually, Rhabby, Corrie, and Tatiana founded Tropa Z Fitness to share their exercise passion with others.
The three owners ? along with their other skilled teachers ? now shake hips five days a week in their Zumba classes. Rhabby reports that in addition to burning calories, Zumba?s ample hip movements have improved his martial arts, giving him increased flexibility and stronger kicks. The instructors also teach youth classes, helping kids express themselves through hip-hop dance moves, rather than by throwing rotten tomatoes.