Shanae Frazier started dancing as an adolescent and hasn't stopped since. So when Zumba first popped up on the fitness scene, it was only natural that she took to the class like a fish to water. Soon, she was a certified Zumba instructor with a studio dedicated to the easy-to-follow dance workout. Today at her fitness center, Body Rocks Dance and Fitness Studio, Shanae whips bodies into shape with routines set to high-energy tunes, and tailored to benefit both beginners and seasoned Zumba attendees. Beyond Zumba, Shanae celebrates her dancing roots by teaching classes in ballroom dance, modern dance, and the Hokey Pokey, as well as other fitness-focused workouts such as piloxing and karate.
With locations in 24 states, it’s safe to say Fitness 19’s approach to fitness has piqued exercisers’ interest. Each gym houses Life Fitness cardio machines and Hammer Strength strength-training equipment, as well as a staff of personal trainers who oversee one-on-one workouts and a group of caretakers and professional ranch hands who wrangle the kids' area. Certain locations also offer group classes such as the senior-oriented Silver Sneakers program.
At Willowick Fit Body Bootcamp, the certified personal trainers burn fat without pelting students with intimidation tactics. Instead of shouts, they slenderize students with science, motivating them through workouts designed to keep calorie furnaces burning for up to 30 hours after the workout has been wiped off and wrung into a Corvette’s gas tank. They help their clients achieve these prolonged metabolic crescendos with strategic combinations of cardio exercises and resistance training.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
Heights Wellness Center's owner Sandra Lawrence set out to open a practice that improves upon the skills of a single practitioner by combining them with the skills of an entire team of health specialists. She has assembled registered dietitians and massage therapists who work neck and neck with acupuncturists, yoga instructors, and life coaches to help clients overcome a range of physical and emotional ailments.
In addition to working one-on-one with clients, the team leads group workshops. Body Karma Healing classes help women find a healthy body image, and breathing workshops help the body reduce asthma and panic attacks brought on by the realization that chickens aren’t going to put up with this egg-stealing stuff forever.
Trying a bunch of jams isn't typically the best prescription for getting fit, but at Fit-Natics by Angie, Angie's jams are the dance type, burning calories instead of adding them. They include songs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Daddy Yankee in addition to Latin tunes that encourage plenty of hip-shaking on the studio floor. Angie leads Zumba classes to these beats that help her clients to lose weight and tone muscle. And, though the routines incorporate movements from dance styles such as salsa and mambo, they are perfectly doable for students who have never danced before.