Name something you don't like about going to the gym, and chances are good that Brickhouse Cardio Club has done something to fix it. For one, members build a personal connection with their instructors, since every instructor is full--time and leads classes at the same time every week. Even before they join, members engage with the staff in a preliminary one-on-one session to go over their health history and determine their fitness goals. Even the studios have been meticulously designed to give students their best workout ever: the specialized hardwood floors are easy on the joints, and powerful sound systems help energize students and drown out the tiny cries of calories burning. The formula has worked well, as the club has established locations in nearly two dozen US states, plus one in Ontario.
Within Studio 3 Dance, a fleet of instructors with professional dancing experience lead a variety of classes for the next generations of dancers. They lead classes, camps, and workshops in a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.
Dusty Solis took her first dance step at the age of two, not so very long after her first real step. She never looked back. She danced through her entire school education, winning awards in cheerleading, ballroom, and Latin dancing. Her career made her a lifelong believer in the power of fitness and the beauty of dance, ideas which she now shares with younger generations through her school, Pure Movement Dance and Fitness.
Dusty and her team of eight instructors teach dance to students ages two and up. They start tykes off with short classes to teach rhythm and coordination, before delving into specific styles such as ballet, jazz, or tap. Ultimately, they help prepare young dancers for competition, or at least arm adults with moves to blend in at a party or when they fall onto the stage at a musical.
While dancers work in the studios, family members can wait in the lobby, observing all the action on flat screen televisions synched with cameras in each studio. They can even purchase gifts to give each tiny dancer after class from the in-studio boutique, tucked neatly into a corner of the 8,800-square-foot facility.
Zumba instructor Samantha knows that, despite its fiesta-like façade, Zumba has real effects: she’s lost 35 pounds and toned her muscles since starting the practice. At Dance Integrity, where she teaches her classes, she shares these high-energy, dance-inspired workouts with others. The calorie-torching routines don’t require any previous experience, though participants should make sure that their sneakers aren’t too shy to dance.