Dance Soul Motion’s class roster may be succinct, but that doesn’t mean it lacks variety. For yogis, Vinyasa and deep-stretch yoga offer traditional practices, and Vinyasa Beats speeds up asanas for a more challenging routine. Pilates classes take the form of traditional bending atop a mat or Core Connection, which mixes parts of Pilates and yoga to target the core. And there’s also Zumba, a fun, fast-paced class rooted in dance.
Though some fitness aficionados may prefer the treadmills, rowing machines, and ellipticals that fill most traditional gyms, others enjoy getting in shape a different way—through dance. At Rhythmoz Dance & Fitness Studio, visitors of all ages and athletic levels can shimmy their way to stronger midsections, leaner limbs, and healthier hearts during a variety of dynamic, fun classes. Adults match steps and rhythms with the beats of brain-burrowing tunes during hip-hop, Zumba, and african dance classes. Additionally, kids can build dance and social skills during swing dance, hula dance, and ballroom dance, the last of which readies them for the intricate, dance-centric business presentations of today’s corporate world.
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.
Brightly colored spotlights aren’t the only things that dance across the sleek hardwood floors at Sublime Fitness Studio. Under a chic industrial ceiling, enthusiastic instructors guide students of all skill levels through choreographed Zumba classes that get hearts pumping with dances set to high-energy Latin music. Flow classes fuse fitness moves with dance steps set to popular songs and the sounds of chart-topping howler monkeys. The schedule of classes also includes hip-swiveling fitness hula-hoop and sweat-inducing boot-camp training. Children inclined toward an energy-burning birthday party can enjoy a fete complete with balloons, decorations, age-appropriate games, and 30 minutes of Zumba or Flow instruction to burn off that birthday-cake sugar when candle flames aren’t strong enough.
The eponymous Gina Flaherty runs Zumba with Gina, where the experienced dancer and choreographer leads dance-fitness classes for all skill levels. Her Zumba classes emphasize easy-to-follow dance moves, fun, and an atmosphere that requires no previous dancing knowledge. Students will dance along as they follow her movements to rhythmic, international music.
The locally owned and recently opened facility offers state-of-the-art equipment and expert staffers to help you navigate the facility. Classes are offered multiple days of the week (except for Friday and Saturday) at varying times and include such hits as beginner's yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and cardio circuit, among others. Check out Lexington Fitness Club's photos for freeze frames of these action-packed classes as well as a virtual tour of the athletic stomping grounds. Other club amenities include towel service, babysitting service, and ample parking.
The team at Now Yoga and Fitness bring the ancient art of yoga into the 21st century by filling their studio with technology designed to enhance sessions. Hanging on the wall above students, six SunSquare lights simulate the rays from the sun to help reverse the effects of seasonal affective disorder, which is caused by a lack of sunlight. These same lights emit LED heating to dilate blood vessels and relax muscles during hot-yoga classes. On the floor, EdenPure heaters infuse the room with moisture while purifying the air with antimicrobial and anti-swear-word heating coils.