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.
Snap Fitness enables muscle farmers to exercise efficiently with top-of-the-line cardio and strength training equipment, providing exercisers with a refreshing change of pace from meat-market gyms and tough elementary schoolyards. Members can also take advantage of tanning beds to bronze biceps and the Cardio TV theater, which distracts stationary runners and cyclers with moving pictures. Though 24-hour access keys are not included in today's Groupon, members can purchase them for an extra $30 to arrive at Snap super late and pretend to workout in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at four in the morning and get pumped to host a morning shock-jock radio show.
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.
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.
Three-time world champion swing dancer Nathalie Gomes Adams started Dance Quarter as a haven for people to learn how to sashay, twirl, and leap their way across a room. Instructors guide students through salsa, ballroom, hip-hop, and west-coast-swing dances. Couples on the brink of their wedding day can learn custom choreographed moves to wow guests at their reception?s first dance. The studio also hosts Barre Fitness, Dance Trance, Mat Pilates classes for those who want more of an exercise challenge rather than twirling with a partner.