Bastet is an Egyptian goddess known for her feline head and strong, confident demeanor. Fittingly, the multitalented staff at House of Bastet strives to impart the goddess’s poise onto each of their students. Leading the way is Ms. Tene', a Michigan State University graduate with a fine-arts and dance specialization who has modeled and earned a certification as a yoga and fitness instructor. At House of Bastet, she corrals her team’s range of skills to run an array of programs, including world-dance classes, modeling workshops, development courses, and etiquette lessons, which teach students the oft-mysterious social conventions that could mean the difference between landing a job as a paid actor, or landing a job as a paid actor in a horse costume.
From not chewing with your mouth open to abstaining from sniffing strangers, human beings are constantly encouraged to quell most of their animal instincts. During Animal Behavior classes at RetroFit LLC, however, instructor Shana Byas encourages ladies of all fitness levels to tap into their inner beasts. Students strengthen and sculpt with exercises inspired by the animal kingdom, crawling, crouching, pushing, and pulling their way to increased fitness and confidence.
When she isn't indulging her animalistic side, Shana leads classes through calorie-burning dance routines scored to old-school tunes from '70s disco to '90s new jack swing. Along with retro music, she incorporates retro toys into her exercises during hula-hoop aerobics, which burns more calories than a tug of war with Stretch Armstrong.
Theresa Taylor—the eponymous instructor behind T Taylor Fitness—believes that fitness and fun go hand in enthusiastically fist-pumping hand. Clad in bright leggings or the occasional tutu, she leads upbeat Zumba dance parties designed to sculpt strong arms and toned stomachs. Whether teaching the original workout’s lively Latin-inspired steps or encouraging older participants during Zumba Gold sessions, Theresa cultivates a lively, supportive environment for students of all fitness levels.
The instructors at Studio Fitness Club Windsor prize camaraderie and variety over routine. Aiming to sculpt physiques without boring the mind, they lead multiple types of renowned group exercise classes. Each session avoids monotony with its trademark moves, from the energized dance steps of Zumba to the outdoor kettlebell swings and plyometrics of Bodyblast Bootcamp. The teachers track fitness trends from all angles to accommodate goals such as weight loss, muscle toning, and athletic prowess with their class roster. They also account for customer taste—the cathartic jabs of Cardio Kickboxing – Turbo Kick are balanced by the fluid stretches and punching-bag hugging breaks of PiYo, a Pilates-yoga hybrid. For those in pursuit of a custom wellness plan, personal trainers demonstrate how to workout safely and sustainably based on individual fitness assessments.
Within the sunny, wood-floored studio, groups of exercisers tone muscles and liquidate fat cells to the tune of toe-tapping Latin and International rhythms. Helmed by Joel, a seasoned fitness instructor with 18 years of industry experience, Zumba classes trick your body into burning calories, setting it in motion with heart-pumping beats to elicit a mixture of high-energy movements and dance steps. A strong proponent for proactive lifestyles, Joel can also use his intimate knowledge of nutrition and exercise to help clients meet fitness goals such as losing weight or training to dig a hole to China with their bare hands.
Personal trainer Bryan Dennison's boot-camp sessions keep trainees on their toes with exercises ranging from the yogic bliss of the tree pose to the unbridled bloodlust of cardio-kickboxing drills. His personal-training seminars base routines around of the goals of individuals or small groups—they might include calisthenics, weightlifting, and resistance exercises using TRX suspension cords. Through the intensity and motivational camaraderie of programs such as the 90-day challenge, Dennison has built a loyal following of newly streamlined physiques.