Founder Kerry Jenkins infuses 225 Dance with her passion for moving arts that she developed through her 17-year dancing career and a childhood love of dance. To boost cardio fitness, guests can shake hips through Latin-inspired Zumba classes that whip bodies into shape with heart-pumping dance steps. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Kerry works to pass on her family?s tradition of Cajun dancing with classes on Cajun waltz, two-step, and shuffle and hosts an energetic dance party and dinner on Saturday night.
Along with a cornerstone philosophy that fitness should be fun, Star Fitness Center boasts modern training equipment and a lineup of certified personal trainers, including a NASM-certified head trainer. Feet can race on a selection of cardio machines, including Nautilus treadmills, ellipticals geared with individual entertainment centers, and Schwinn indoor cycles that take bikers on a stationary journey more fun than the virtual segway ride at Disneyland. Increase strength by lifting free weights or operating contraptions from the XP Load line, or use peer encouragement as a legal performance-enhancing elixir in classes such as Zumba, Pilates, and yoga, each led by certified group-exercise instructors. Dedicated trainers shepherd patrons toward workout ambitions, guiding bodies through two hour-long sessions that accelerate results with individualized routines and advice. On-site childcare is available, and initiation fees are waived for those who wish to join after the month is over.
Unfettered by bricks and mortar, Trainer To Go's certified personal trainers roam towns and cities, seeking the place where their clients feel most comfortable practicing, be it a backyard or public park. They take advantage of such public spaces to lead 30- and 60-minute personal-training sessions for their clients, blasting calories with a blend of cardio, plyometrics, and weight lifting.
In his years as a New Orleans firefighter, professional MMA fighter, and certified personal trainer, Gino Ascani has gathered a wealth of ideas on how to build the ideal gym. At Nola Xtreme Fitness, Ascani leads private training sessions, spinning classes, TRX classes, and group fitness sessions while utilizing more than 7,000 square feet of equipment-lined space. The facility houses cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines along with free weights, kettlebells, weight machines, and a pile of porcelain toilets that can be thrown off the gym’s roof.
Originally opened as Cross Gates Racquet Club in 1981, Cross Gates Family Fitness’s name has evolved along with its mission. The racquet and swim club now emphasizes fitness for the entire family, regardless of experience level, age, or physical condition. With two locations, Cross Gates’s campuses encompass a 10-acre, 70,000-square-foot fitness and recreation facility complete with a pool and tennis courts. They also have an upscale professional gym stocked with free weights, strength-training machines, and cardio machines equipped with personal entertainment screens. Cross Gates also facilitates fitness with classes and instruction in subjects such as yoga, tae kwon do, and tennis.