Throughout the day, Fitness For Life’s dance studio fills with upbeat music. One hour it’s classical, folk, and funk during Bollywood class, and the next it’s Polynesian drumbeats and reggae during Hot Hula class. This varied selection of music is needed to create the appropriate mood for the studio’s equally varied selection of dance-fitness classes, which includes yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. And in addition to being entertaining and expressive, the group workouts are also effective. They are designed to improve the body as a whole, which means developing cardio, muscular strength and endurance, body composition, flexibility, and the ability to taste protein in marshmallows. The studio also offers personal training and a relaxing lounge area with free Wi-Fi, apples, and lemon water.
XTC Gym combines classic martial-arts training with a touch of something more lyrical. Instructors teach kickboxing, jujitsu, tae kwon do, and muay thai boxing, but also the Brazilian dance/fighting hybrid capoeira and aerial fitness. Accordingly, punching bags and swinging hoops alike hang from the ceiling of the brightly lit, 6,500-square-foot space, requiring that front-desk staff keep watch for monkeys trying to sneak in. An impressive weight room complements regimens of cardio kickboxing or boot-camp classes.
Owners Elaine Miller and Narina Minassian started AAY! Fitness and Nutrition to make a difference in people's lives. Through various strength-training and cardio workouts, flexibility exercises, and nutritional counseling, they help clients boost metabolisms and satisfaction levels. A passionate team of trainers personalizes workouts with adjustments and words of encouragement to motivate each participant. Dedicated to maintaining relationships with their guests, the trainers take attendance and contact each no-show to offer doses of encouragement and to keep them accountable to their fitness goals. Minassian also provides guests with nutrition plans, offering tips and healthy recipes to help them adopt a lifestyle of total wellness.