Tiese Morgan took over Hosanna Dance Studio in 1995, infusing the school with her lifetime of experience and vision of dance as a worshipful act. She started annual performances of Adventures in Narnia and founded the Hosanna Youth Performers company, giving her young dancers a chance to shine on stage rather than just in the classroom. She supplemented these news performance opportunities by increasing the variety of dance classes and the age range of students. Now, she and her staff teach everything from ballet and tap to modern and hip hop to kids, adults, and everyone in between.
At Family Karate Center, fifth-degree black belt sensei Elida Wagner employs her three decades of martial-arts experience to teach the self-defense skills, sportsmanship, and discipline inherent in karate. In her 26 years as an instructor, she has coached many students to victory in national and international competitions. But her dojo also welcomes novices of all ages, offering youth karate classes for practitioners as young as 3.
It may be called Body Now!, but as members transform their bodies, the studio's staff also wants them to shift their perspectives. Accordingly, they focus on all-around wellness, combining elements of world dance with cardio exercises during Now Fitness! group classes and emphasizing proper posture during Yoga Now! sessions. Wise Woman! classes help older women master functional movement patterns that enable them to win arm-wrestling matches against neighborhood kids. In the fitness center, exercisers can work up a sweat on Cybex and Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bikes, or focus on strength with machines and free weights. Positive sayings unfurl in script across the deep purple walls, motivating members as they blast through 30-minute circuit training workouts.
Junkyard Athletics whisks exercisers to healthier lifestyles with a flexible schedule of challenging interval-training regimens and ever-changing workouts. Leading contingents through a series of indoor and outdoor exertion, muscle-forging instructors consistently baffle bodies with new routines that utilize available surroundings, such as grassy fields for sprints or jungle canopies for fresh-fruit retrieval. Lasso nomadic strength fibers with taxing sessions of tire dragging, jump squats, and weight training, or prepare for upcoming locomotive-pulling events with resistance-band sprints. Classes are designed to cater to all levels of fitness, and typically last about an hour.
Students Should Bring: Bottle of water, comfortable shoes
Class Length: 30 minutes to 2 hours for larger groups
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
I offer a new perspective to fitness and group fitness. My classes are designed to get you out of your comfort zone. I will keep it fast paced and change up the routines so that your body does not get used to it and so that you don't get bored.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, fast-paced [music] with dance beats keeps the calories burning.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I] started in gymnastics when I was 5 years old. Mary Lou Retton was my idol. I have always loved fitness.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.