Carolina Pilates' dedicated fitness squad cultivates limb litheness with three exercise methods. Classes have a five-person maximum, so certified instructors can give personalized attention, foster a supportive atmosphere, and better guess shampoo scents in a wide variety of class settings. The All Levels Pilates Equipment class melds Pilates mat training and equipment to fortify core muscles and increase flexibility. Feel free to enact a balanced bod from head to fifth metatarsal in the one-hour Full-Body Weight Training class, or turn your arms into dependable levers with the Kettlebell Strength and Flexibility Training class. Check out the full schedule or book classes online here.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels move around a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Rhythm Fitness pumps up the workout energy with enthusiastic instructors and an internationally inspired variety of cardio dance styles designed to shake shoes and sculpt physiques. One-hour Zumba classes tone bodies to the dynamic rhythms of Latin-inspired dance beats, inspiring students to spiritedly swing their hips and shout Shakespearean poetry in rapid cadence. Funky Fusion modifies traditional belly-dance techniques with a sassy soulfulness, fusing an ab-twisting assortment of maneuvers into fast-paced sessions that melt away the hours and pounds.
For Melissa Darrisaw, getting into peak physical shape starts with transforming your attitude as well as your body. That’s why she supplements her high-octane workouts with constant motivation and nutritional support, assisting her students in breaking bad habits and leading healthier lifestyles.
Inside her studio, sunlight streams onto professional strength-training equipment as she and her fellow trainers lead small-group conditioning classes and personal-training sessions throughout the week. To help clients pursue healthy lifestyles outside of the gym, the trainers use the comprehensive online DietMaster program to assist them in designing nutritious meal plans and grocery lists. Their studio is home to an innovative body-wrap system, which uses infrared rays to help melt away excess pounds as the user watches television, reads a book, or gains the ability to read their dog’s mind.
In Stroller Strides namesake class, moms break a sweat performing cardio and fitness exercises, such as pushing their stroller-bound youngsters on power walks. The class reflects the organizations overall mission of helping established moms or soon-to-be moms stay fit all the while providing social support, no matter how busy they may be. The instructors help prep bodies for pregnancy during Fit4Baby classes, leading exercises that ease expectant mothers’ aches and pains while boosting energy levels.