Laureen Mikos was barely walking before she started tapping, stepping, and swinging. At age five, she discovered a love of dance, studying jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance styles before most people grow out of their baby feet. Over the years, her repertoire expanded to include hiphop and bellydancing, as well as Zumba dance fitness.
At Shakin' It Up Dance and Fitness Center, she leads a team of personal trainers, dancers, and fitness instructors to impart choreographed wisdom in dance and exercise classes. The center's curriculum introduces guests to ballroom and jazz dance as well as more upbeat options, such as Zumba fitness classes set to a soundtrack of Latin tunes.
The team at Solutions Exercise Studio cares about each client and wants to help them get in shape, which they accomplish by offering myriad fitness options to fit each person’s lifestyle and goals. Coaches lead more than 10 types of fitness classes, ranging from Zumba and cycling to kickboxing, Pilates, full-body workouts, and fundamentals classes that focus on form and safety.
The gym at Maximum Fitness is stacked with enough stair climbers, treadmills, aerobics machines, and weightlifting equipment to bulk up a beanpole if beanpoles had arms and legs. The center, with cheery yellow walls, also stocks free weights such as dumbbells and barbells, as well as certified personal trainers to instruct on the proper use of workout gear. Classes such as Zumba, Les Mills BodyPump, and yoga give gym-goers motivating group environments in which to get fit, and nutrition programs help them keep fit. A childcare center accommodates busy parents.
At Socialsport Dance Club, the instructors specialize in first dances, whether it's for your wedding or it's literally your first dance. During private and group lessons, they walk beginners through one of 13 ballroom dances, including the foxtrot, waltz, and rumba. For more upbeat movements, the studio also hosts Latin-inspired Zumba dance fitness classes that can burn more calories than a four-hour tango.
Sensei and trainers converge in Voltage’s studio to teach the ancient art of karate to kids and teens, or amp up heart rates with more modern fitness classes. Adults work out alongside peers in six upbeat and challenging group classes, the majority of which incorporate a dance-party atmosphere. Both belly dancing and Red Hot Dance help exercisers shimmy off calories and tone physiques with a variety of moves, from core-toning twirls to fast-paced choreography set to Top 40 hits. For a more sporting session, Piloxing blends the cardiovascular workout of boxing’s bobbing and weaving with the same ab-strengthening Pilates moves that boxers use to celebrate a KO.
Meanwhile, in the kids' studio, Leopard Cub classes (4–6 year olds) teaches the basics of karate, while the junior’s club (for 7–10 year olds) builds on those foundational lessons with more advanced kicks and punches. Karate instructors extend their fighting fervor to teenagers and adults, bringing the two age groups together more effectively than a Pat Boone Sings Carly Rae Jepson album.
After giving birth to her third child, Stacey Wodarski decided that it was time for her to reclaim her figure. She created a fitness plan for herself and lost 50 pounds in four months. Inspired by her own success—and fueled by the belief that traditional gyms aren’t motivating enough—she started Impact Fitness and Fight Club with the hope that others can achieve the same success she has.
Today, she leads guests of all levels and ages through intense group classes that combine conditioning exercises with traditional boxing and kickboxing routines. She also offers classes for kids, with childcare services in the mornings and evenings. There are even kid’s kickboxing classes, where budding martial artists can learn proper form and how to kick cookies down from the top of the fridge.