Practice makes perfect, especially at Bikram Yoga Durham, where each class follows the exact sequence of 26 hatha yoga postures designed by Bikram Choudhury. Espousing this mantra, instructors come to class armed with their 500-hour Bikram training certifications. Held in a 105-degree studio regulated by eco-friendly heating and air-purification systems, the courses begin with standing postures and transition into mat poses, a progression that works the entire physique more effectively than performing jumping jacks on a treadmill. Students of all fitness levels can jump into the toasty fray, exercising as the heat detoxifies systems, enhances flexibility, and increases heart rates for a cardio workout.
Husband-and-wife team Eric and Valine Zeigler strive to transform fitness into a party with their high-energy Zumba classes. The pair makes attendees sweat with easy-to-follow dance moves set to invigorating Latin tunes. With a consistent series of Zumba workouts, patrons can shed pounds or win at job interviews with their stepping skills.
Inside SYNCSTUDIO's cycling room students stand on stationary bicycles, moving their upper bodies in time with one another and the music in an effort to tone their cores and strengthen their legs. Meanwhile in the yoga studios, students move through poses designed to reduce stress, build strength, and burn calories. Other programs offered—including kettlebell training, TRX-suspension classes, and circuit training—aspire to promote total-body wellness. In addition to these fitness programs, sports nutritionists onsite can tailor individual diet plans to help members keep their bodies as harmonized and balanced as a tightrope-walking barbershop quartet.
Licensed Zumba instructor Ana Perez Inocencio gets heartbeats revved up during her 60-minute Zumba classes, where students combine strength training and dancing to Latin beats. With an eye toward the greater community, she also sets up Zumbathon events to benefit local and national charities. Ana4Fitness also rewards customers with a free zumba class for those who "Like" their Facebook page.
Ninth Street Dance believes everyone can enjoy dancing. In this spirit, rather than tailoring programming to professional dancers, the studio embraces all skill levels and ages, with a staff of 40 instructors specializing in disciplines from ballet to break dancing. Pupils learn new styles of movement in classes on international dance techniques, aerobic movement, and social dance, which helps students meet new people without the hassle of scheduling daily bikini waxes. Class times accommodate busy schedules by spanning mornings and evenings, and by meeting on both weekdays and weekends.
Tease Fitness Boutique isn’t a gym, and it isn't quite a dance studio. It’s a nonjudgmental fitness studio where women of all shapes and sizes can shimmy, slide, and kick calories—along with the monotony of standard workouts—to the curb. With a schedule filled with burlesque, flirty pole-fitness, boot-camp, and cardio classes, Vertical Tease tempts gals to enjoy their exercise routines, as the staff know that sticking to a workout, like playing catch with a baby black bear, can become difficult after a few months. Classes rotate every six weeks and are always kept small so that instructors can lavish each participant with personal attention.