At Kiss N Tale Pole Fitness Studio, pole dancing isn't just for women. The instructors view the sultry style as a calorie-torching, muscle-toning workout for all. As students progress, they can work their way up the school's seven class levels, starting with introductory Kitty Kat Pole lessons and ramping up to Headliners, a class that teaches tricks even more impressive than hiding behind a dance pole silently for two hours. As instructors teach pole moves, they draw on their professional backgrounds in disciplines such as ballet and belly-dancing, which also come in handy during chair-dance and burlesque classes.
Beyond what its name might suggest, Buttercup Pole Dance revels in all aspects of the hip-swiveling arts. Naturally, a highlight of the business is the pole-dance program, which is supervised by owner, competitive pole-dancer, and certified fitness instructor Sarah Jade. These classes are structured to accommodate all levels of pole-dance enthusiasts, from the uninitiated to the advanced—introductory sessions acquaint beginners with spins, transitions, and grip techniques, while four-week session classes are grouped by level to graduate students from basic routines to upside-down inversions.
For a more portable pastime, the center teams up with Michelle Garner, owner of Happy2BHooping LLC, who calls on her background in belly dancing and her Hoola-Fit trainer license to lead students through artistic and heart-pumping hula-hoop fitness routines. The center also brings out students’ inner vixens in sultry chair-dance and exotic-dance choreography, along with stimulating sweat glands and dancing shoes in Latin-inspired Zumba classes.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Truly Fit Studio was created on a whim backed by an immense amount of self-motivation and community support. Owner M. Chris Gonzalez?a fitness trainer with more than 10 years of experience?partnered with his longtime colleague Shawn Becklund hoping to found a gym where the instructors could fully commit to the individual needs and goals of every client. Weight machines, dumbbells, heavy bags, treadmills, and spinning cycles fill the space for visitors seeking a personal workout, although the instructors also lead group fitness classes throughout the week. Exercises constantly vary and could include sprints, agility drills, kettle bells, plyometrics, and boxing. Focusing on everything from athletic conditioning and core work to yoga, these classes provide thorough workouts in a supportive group setting.
Though now spread over the United States, Crunch Gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch Gym's fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Fútbol 5 provides soccer aficionados with three outdoor turf fields that host six-on-six games, as well as a multifunctional indoor space for soccer and volleyball. The small pitches host matches and soccer clinics, which teach male and female soccer players aged 6–13 how to properly dribble the ball, change speeds during ball possession, and perform specialty moves designed to best opposing players. Fútbol 5 entertains players before and after their games with a sports bar that has eight big-screen TVs. It also keeps kids and adults fit with Zumba and Zumbatomic classes, which blast calories with dance moves performed to Latin beats.
The BRAG in BRAGNetwork is actually an acronym, one that stands for Business Resource Assistance Group. Once you decode its name, the organization's mission is no surprise: it helps connect local consumers with stellar local merchants to promote worthy causes. Periodically, the team spotlights a specific industry, too. With a current focus on the health and wellness industry, the team hosts a 60-day weight loss challenge that blends weekly workouts and perks from local merchants. A current partner is the YMCA, yet the challenge doesn't require knowing the YMCA dance to participate.