Dawn Hammer's infectious enthusiasm packs enough motivation to get a shy George Washington statue to dance, and it's the key ingredient in her one-hour Zumba fitness classes. During these sessions, she leads up to 35 students through high-energy hip shaking and cardio shimmying. Latin-inspired beats resound in the expansive gym as Dawn teaches the fast-paced dance routines. Her two years of Zumba experience inform her expertise, which she makes use of as students jive with one- to two-pound weights, gulps of water, and hair that bounces as though programmed to move with the beats.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Gold's Gym features a wide array of next-generation fitness equipment, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Exercisers can take part in a solo shape-up on a TV-equipped cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, or stick to lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Both the Williamsville and Lancaster locations also host a full schedule of fitness classes to infuse workouts with the inspiring camaraderie that attends physically exhausting oneself alongside other likeminded participants. Silver Sneakers sessions gently improve baby boomers’ endurance and range of motion, and spin class intensely challenges legs as they pedal over hills and through sprints while answering a rapid-fire series of Daily Double Jeopardy! questions about cycling history. Instructors also helm such classic group fitness styles as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and Body Pump, which arms participants with barbells to perform a lifting routine that targets all of the body’s major muscle groups.
Buffalo Yoga offers a wide range of classes for yoga pros and budding limb pretzelers. Take advantage of a convenient schedule that’s as flexible as corporate tax laws while participating in two weeks of vinyasa yoga, alignment yoga, hatha yoga, oil-change yoga, or prenatal yoga classes. An experienced group of instructors assists participants in tapping their natural bounty of malleability while they simultaneously strengthen cores and shed stress. Each class provides a slightly different challenge for participants and the inviting studio makes for a pleasantly placid locale that imbues optimal flexibility. Whether students want to stand taller, bend over backwards, or open pickle jars taped to their backs, Buffalo Yoga offers a suitable yoga style.
Certified instructors lead Terries Workout Center’s 45 weekly fitness classes to accommodate exercisers of all levels and bolster strength, endurance, and motivation. Like the nightly news or a news anchor chewing three pieces of taffy, most classes last one hour and incorporate cross-training tools such as boxing gloves, body bars, and stationary bikes. Students sculpt muscles with plyometric jumping exercises during Trampoline & Step classes and pummel calories into submission during Boxing Boot Camps that unfold in a full-size ring. In addition to helping participants cultivate long, stretchy limbs, Pilates-reformer sessions help fortify torsos to improve posture and balance. Fueled by rhythmic world music, Zumba workouts teem with easy-to-follow dance moves inspired by sultry Latin steps and even sultrier recordings of professors intoning first-declension Latin nouns.
At Pole Play Dance Studio, students flip, twirl, and slide along poles as they learn the cardio-boosting and sensual art of pole dancing. A succession of classes cover topics ranging from stretch techniques and strength training to 1960s-style go-go dancing and incorporating hula hoops. The studio also hosts regular themed workshops and bachelorette parties, in which the bride and her friends learn to perform a group dance on multiple poles in case they're ever bored and stranded in a bamboo forest.
The University at Buffalo's Division I NCAA teams rally students for football at UB Stadium, basketball in the Alumni Arena, and a slew of other sports across their campus. Additionally, the Recreation & Intramural Services staff aim to supplement students' brain workouts and textbook bench presses with programs to keep their bodies running just as strong—and welcome community members to do the same. Exercise equipment fills indoor recreational facilities at the Alumni Arena and Clark Hall for those who prefer solo workout sessions, and group classes, such as biking and boot camp, get attendees into shape as they enjoy a communal atmosphere.