Sino West Performing Arts serves as the meeting place of two disciplines: dance and kung fu. Under the tutelage of four experienced instructors, kids and adults learn, hone, and perfect skills in a variety of art forms. Atop sprung floors of recycled rubber and beneath ceilings of repurposed clouds, they practice in one of two airy, well-lit studios. Curricula under the dance umbrella include Chinese dance, tai chi, ballet, Zumba, and yoga, while martial-arts practitioners take classes in Shaolin kung fu, MMA, and weaponry, among others. The class selection is diverse, but no matter the chosen course, enrollees report increased levels of confidence, self-discipline, and bragging rights.
When he’s not collaborating with Debbie Allan or with director Marty Thomas on music videos, Tamarr Paul stars as one-sixth of Rhythm Dance & Fitness Studios’ decorated staff. Mirrored walls reflect the studio’s honey-colored floors and the funky moves that emerge in dance classes. Beginning Hip-Hop pairs prancers with a new song and full choreography in each session, and Cardio Hip-Hop promises to elicit sweat droplets from the most advanced dancers. Urban Burlesque sends students sauntering through jazz moves. If the full schedule of drop-in dance classes isn't enough, experienced hot-footers can enlist in the Rhythm Dance Company, whose performers use their energetic shimmies to power the county's schools.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
At Curves, exercisers 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. During your first visit, an experienced trainer can appraise fitness skills and help set attainable goals through a personal-training assessment, fitness assessment, and adrenaline-pumping Rorschach test that will highlight an ideal slim-down strategy.
During each workout, guests spend 30 minutes moving around a circuit that positions machines inward so that calorie torchers have a chance to laugh with their fellow fitness frontierswomen. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each client?s body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches their abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Since traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine at Curves uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Killer B Fitness boosts health and vigor with an intense group fitness schedule led by a team of exercise experts eager to give personal support. During cycling classes, a projection screen at the front of the studio displays cyclists' heart rates while demonstrating the forward progress attained by spinning stationary wheels. One-hour strength classes make muscular fibers squeal, with plyometrics and props including medicine balls, weights, stretch bands, and ab dollies. Cardio classes increase the tempo of internal snare drums as muscle metronomes pulse with core and resistance reps.