Pulse Studio Group Fitness makes a sedentary lifestyle nearly impossible to keep up, since clients can find encouragement in a range of group fitness classes. Whether learning new yoga poses, a calorie-blasting Zumba dance routine, or how to kickbox your way out of a locked bathroom, Pulse Studio's classes cultivate a fun, social atmosphere that makes workouts a bright spot in your day.
Inside Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club’s 130,000-square-foot facility, guests can hone their ground strokes on the tennis court, practice dunking on the basketball court, or learn to breathe underwater in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, exercisers can join in on group fitness classes such as yoga, water aerobics, and spinning, work out in one of two cardio rooms, or train under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer.
Erica Kovacs leads students through Zumba classes that burn up to 1,000 calories. While trading boring repetitions for an energetic dance-party atmosphere, Zumba marries Latin-style dance moves with international music. Erica teaches three varieties, starting with Zumba Basic for beginners and fans of the original flavor. Zumba Toning participants shake maraca-like weights to add resistance to their shimmies. Alternatively, students dance with chairs during Zumba Sentao. This challenging workout blends dancing with squats that make the chair really jealous.
Whether taking advantage of weight equipment or sweating up a storm in a group fitness class, Woodstock Health & Fitness equips its members with all the tools they need to get in great shape. With direction from a team of personal trainers, exercise newcomers caneven get a handle on an effective workout routine during one-on-one sessions. Gym memberships include full access to the facilities, as well as group cardio bootcamp, Pilates classes, and the right to walk around flexing your arms at strangers.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes—including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba—offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
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.