The hiss and clank of weight machines from manufacturers such as Cybex and Precor blend with the whir of recumbent cycles and treadmills to form the perpetual soundtrack at each of Dolphin Fitness Clubs’ 24-hour locations. To augment individual exercise regimens, nationally certified staffers teach aerobic classes throughout the week, with offerings ranging from classic step classes to low-impact yoga and pillow-fighting lessons.
Dim lighting sets the mood for passionate ballroom dances such as the salsa and tango at Dance by Design Ballroom & Fitness L.L.C. But the instructors don't only schedule traditional dance lessons. They also welcome students in for upbeat dance fitness classes, including the preferred workout of firefighters?pole dancing. Regardless of which class you attend, you can expect to find a supportive, positive atmosphere.
The Yoga Room is all about inclusivity. The studio hosts classes for beginners, intermediates, experts, and even expectant mothers. This fits nicely into the studio?s stated philosophy that "yoga is a personal practice, not a competitive or comparative one." Although they may not discriminate, the highly trained teachers sometimes show tough love as they push muscles to channel their inner origami. Aside from the full schedule of yoga, fitness, and dance classes, special events such as an Ayurveda workshop encourage students to stretch their minds as well as their bodies.
The staff at I Train With Juan follows the You Can and Will Be Fit method, which outlines the most important elements of starting an exercise regimen—and sticking to it. Inside the facility, this method manifests in the form of one-on-one training sessions and group classes, including Zumba, boxing, and Muscle Hustle, a class that focuses especially on weight training. Conveniently, I Train with Juan makes it easy to sign up for and learn more about its classes through a phone app available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.