While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers?with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers?are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
At Bliss Yoga, Zo? Sipes and a team of certified yoga teachers help students build a solid connection between the body and mind as they boost flexibility and strength through yoga. Pupils mend sore muscles and aching spines with yoga for back pain sessions, calm racing minds with restorative classes, and promote long-term healthy exercise with yoga classes for infants, toddlers, and kids. Bliss Yoga also offers free, on-site childcare during most classes for customers with unlimited passes.
Sheri Dunaway, the owner of Mission Fitness with Sheri, leads personal-training sessions to help clients achieve their personal strength and weight-loss goals. Her individualized approach ensures that each session is productive and clients leave feeling healthy and active.
Strength and conditioning specialist Tony Maslan?who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a 1998 Junior American Deadlift Record holder?knows the importance of safe and well-rounded fitness practices. The former Marine Corps Reserves sergeant and overseas infantry squad leader leads a team of more than 15 certified trainers in their mission to help individual fitness-seekers, children, and corporate clients break unhealthy habits. This goal-oriented staff emphasizes accountability and measurable results during one-on-one and group training sessions as they reshape clients? waistlines with kettlebells and deadlifts, as well as intense challenges such as sparring and pulling a truck using only their pinky finger. The on-staff nutrition counselor bolsters these results with comprehensive nutrition guidance, and posts diverse recipes online as well. Of this, Maslan stated that he "knew we needed to help clients go beyond the microwave." To help keep their clients from returning to their previous lifestyles, these trainers also host online, in-home, and sport-specific training.
Maslan trains his students at Bob's Gym, a destination for Evansville-area athletes since 1991. Custom Fit training forms a single facet of the local exercise empire, which stretches across four convenient locations across the city. Each gym is also home to strength and cardio equipment, as well as a weekly schedule of more than 150 total group exercise classes in the areas of boxing, Zumba, yoga, and more. However, each location also courts its own special athletes; swimmers head to the pools at Bob's North and Bob's Newburgh, and basketball seek pick-up games on the courts at Bob's North, Bob's Newburgh, and Bob's West. Bob's East even sports a day spa, where tired exercisers can rid themselves of soreness with a relaxing massage. This dedication to healthy living extends far beyond reps and workouts. The gyms are also home to the Simply Basics weight-management program, which pairs accountability and lifestyle changes with healthy, affordable recipes designed to replaces processed foods with fresh ingredients.
Fitness World and MMA World are connected, but they don't exactly share the same focus. Fitness World is closer to what you'd imagine when you hear the word "gym." There, patrons work with trainers and a range of equipment to improve their general fitness.
The workouts at MMA World certainly leaves patrons fit as well, but that's all meant to prepare visitors for mixed-martial-arts competition. A quintet of instructors there teaches clients proper techniques. The gym is lined with wall-to-wall mats, which provide cushioning during Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai, and wrestling classes. Clients can also learn how to throw a perfect punch during boxing lessons.