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.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Precor machines and free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms available 24 hours a day.
Everyone on Livewell's staff works together to help clients achieve mental and physical wellness. Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Lobacz performs adjustments, licensed massage therapist Kay Qualls doles out soothing massages, and a team of yoga instructors help students get in shape and shed stress. And then, of course, there's the Flex 151 program. These weekly 15-minute workouts consist of 3–5 exercises that emphasize muscle contraction, helping to deliver maximum results with minimum potential for injury.
At Bliss Yoga, Zoë 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.