While nightclub-worthy rhythms thump through B-fit's classrooms to fuel zumba, kickboxing, and piloxing classes, the ample natural sunlight reflecting up off the hardwood floors provides a stark contrast to the typical venue for such tunes. Trained, certified, and experienced instructors lead each class, whether it's the owner drawing on her background with Latin street dance or the resident microbiologis cum Zumba teacher cutting lose in the classroom. The team also offers personal training for one-on-one, goal-oriented fitness regimens, and nutritional counseling, including recipes for healthy eats such as Cajun scallops and mango salsa.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Michael Garver and his team of instructors lead students through high-energy Zumba classes. As globally influenced music thumps through the studio, the instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance moves that yield stronger, more flexible muscles. Meanwhile, wood-laminate floors cushion the impact caused by enthusiastic dance moves, keeping joints healthy and able to hinge without regular application of oil.
Walking a mile in someone else's shoes can be very educational, especially if the shoes belong to Mandy Carlisle, a professional dancer. As a competitive American Rhythm Style ballroom dancer, Mandy has toured the country and racked up awards—she's been ranked among the top 13 dancers in the United States, placed second in the United States Professional Rising Star Rhythm Championship, and conducted an undefeated run as the Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion. In her spare time, she has earned teaching certifications in more than 13 styles of dance (among them, classic ballet, hip-hop, and jazz) and opened her own studio, Aspire Dance.
Mandy and her staff of 12 instructors hone the skills of young dancers, providing a reception area for parents to wait and witness progress. For adults, the teachers conduct fitness-focused classes. Latin-inspired Zumba classes boost cardiovascular endurance, whereas yoga sessions cultivate flexibility and balance so that you can finally touch your toes while standing on stilts.
The certified tummy-trimming instructors at Fusion Fitness lead all fitness levels through a schedule of 17 weekly classes with a concentration in Zumba. Latin rhythms and frantic footwork ignite calories in the classic Zumba sessions, and lightweight toning sticks and dumbbells intensify workouts and increase strength for respectable handshakes and intimidating hand-crushes in Zumba toning classes. Older adults ease into moves while partaking in the slower-paced Zumba Gold and the newly offered yoga classes. Meanwhile, the Body Sculpt’s 45-minute resistance-training sessions let participants attempt to push and pull immovable objects and rise against oppressive weight regimes.
Razor Sharp Fitness wants to ensure that all of their members will be able to find the fitness routine perfect for them. That's why they offer myriad amenities such as an indoor track, CrossFit classes, and sports-performance training. But where Razor Sharp really shines is in its staff of personal trainers, each with a different set of specialties ranging from weight-loss to sports-specific and military-preparedness training. They work one on one with guests of all fitness levels to help them achieve their fitness goals through a variety of challenging workouts.
Named for the main river running through Venezuela, Orinoco Fitness is a studio that aims to be as relaxing as a day out in nature. Owner Ana Santos Gitzinger, a native Venezuelan, styled the studio in a way that evokes the beauty of her homeland. The walls of Orinoco Fitness are splashed with images of South American waterfalls, mountains, and rainforests in order to help clients “shake off the Midwestern wintertime blues.” Above all, Gitzinger wants her clients to achieve fitness in an environment that’s fun and relaxing. In keeping with the stress-free atmosphere, students are encouraged to relax with a cup of tea in the lounge area after each yoga, Zumba, or Pilates class.