At The Pole Academy, you'll find sultry, sweaty pole-dancing classes where students master impressive moves and work underused muscle groups. In Pole 101, students focus mostly on strength building, which prepares them for the grips and inversions found in later classes. By Pole 301, pole students will be tackling complex tricks, including aerial drops. Aside from group classes, students can also reserve private lessons or private parties with one or more friends.
For those interested in other dance styles, the team also hosts cardio chair classes, during which students create their own sassy dance to a favorite song, as well as FloorWERK?an introduction to movement and lines. Tutorials on how to do the splits and twerking lessons are also available for students looking to increase flexibility or learn a fun, new cardio workout.
It's hard to get out rock climbing regularly. Basketball courts don't fit in the average home. The facilities at The Rush Fitness let everyone get in an exciting workout, though, with climbing walls, pools, athletic courts, and more. At 23 locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Dalton, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Greenville, skilled trainers preside over those amenities. They also lead more than 500 group exercise classes, which might touch on everything from yoga to Zumba. Those classes, as well as the requisite array of free weights and cardio equipment, have helped the chain win a range of "best gym" awards.
“Dark in content, light in spirit, and always weird.” That’s the way cofounders Brandy White (a dancer) and Robert Gowan (a musician) describe their quirky dynamic on the Discordia Arts website. Their distinct style
lends itself naturally to theater, particularly the theatrical Middle Eastern dance that Brandy now teaches at Discordia Arts. She and fellow dancer Jaidra not only instruct beginner and intermediate belly dancers but also perform American tribal-style and fusion dance professionally.
Yellow, blue, green, purple, and black belts hug the waists of students inside Carolina Karate & Fitness, identifying the wearer's martial-arts skill level. Students of all ages learn how to high kick and punch their way across the studio?s mats and karate chop wooden boards under the instruction of owners Sensei Tommy Hood and Troy Hirsckorn. In addition to improving pupils' karate skills and physical fitness, the owners take pride in building discipline and character in their students.
Matt Damon, Anna Paquin, and Christina Ricci count themselves among the clients who have slaughtered calories at the hands of Clay and Elizabeth Burwell. The fitness duo at High Performance Gym motivates students through rigorous workouts inspired by training in the US Army, boxing, and brazilian jujitsu. While lifting barbells, climbing rope, and tossing medicine balls, students tap into the atmosphere of camaraderie and push each other through workouts.
Though the name doesn't leave much to the imagination, the workouts at Melt the Fat Away do. Designed to burn the maximum amount of calories in the minimum amount of time, trainer Vinson McCray leads intense boot-camp classes along with personal- and group-training sessions to slim physiques. McCray knows exercise is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle, so he also offers nutritional consultations.