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.
Coaches Zach and Noah know what it takes to become a top athlete, having competed in soccer for many years. Their instruction centers around four aspects of athleticism: balance, agility, speed, and explosiveness. It was from those traits that the name of B.A.S.E. Training arose. They specialize in training individuals and groups in the gameplay, long stretches of running, and occasional steeplechase jumps that fill every soccer match, and they can tailor their workouts to other sports or general fitness as well.
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.
Led by Jonathan Cobb, a former state-champion wrestler, the trainers at South Charlotte Personal Training eschew gimmicks for functional, results-driven workouts. Putting safety first, they assess new clients' fitness levels before recommending personalized combinations of yoga, boot camp, and personal training. All sessions take place in a spacious studio with red walls and equipment such as kettlebells and treadmills.
NASM- and ACE-certified personal trainer Amber, owner of CORE, believes exercise has more than just cosmetic benefits—it's usually the leading cause of a renewed sense of accomplishment. To that effect, she helps her students reach their fitness goals in one of two places: boot camp classes at Walter E. Elisha Park or one-on-one personal training sessions at exercisers' homes or the homes of exercisers' out-of-town neighbors.
Carolina Sweat helps clients achieve weight-loss goals through hard work, group encouragement, and expert fitness and nutritional advice. Chris Bryan?a certified personal trainer, nutritionist, and yoga instructor?leads group fitness classes that on any given day could include cardio exercises, athletic conditioning, strength training, or upper body trials.