Surrounded by glowing neon signs, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and fellow students of all sizes, dancers at Love Dance & Fitness Studio sweat, sway, and groove their way to good health. Like Tito Puente's little-known series of aerobics tapes, the studio's Zumba and Zumbatomic workouts blend lively Latin music with muscle-firming workouts and fat-burning cardio. A professional dance instructor oversees pupils who want to eschew the boring monotony of the treadmill and exercise bike for the camaraderie of fellow athletes and fun of interactive dance workouts.
Five days a week, the Hot Yogoddess studio fills with two sorts of radiance. The first is heat—specifically, infrared heat, which serves to elevate heart rates and loosen up muscles during the studio’s women-only classes. The second is the radiance pouring from the students themselves, who support and motivate one another as they flow through Vinyasa poses or pose in the more static, balanced stances of Hot Goddess 26. Beyond the traditional yoga classes, Hot Yogoddess’s yoga ballet barre class combines yoga and barre techniques into a unique hybrid. While balancing with the help of the mat, the wall-mounted barre, or the pigtails on the person in front of them, pupils elongate their limbs and tighten their cores during a challenging workout. Regardless of the class, each session is suitable for both experienced and beginner yogis and set to a calming soundtrack of quiet music.
Whether you like high intensity workouts or a slow and steady routine, the instructors at Belmars Martial Arts & Fitness will guide you to better health. Calories are torched and heart rates soar during muay thai kickboxing classes, where students strengthen both their muscles and their mental acuity as they learn how to deliver high kicks and block unwanted bear hugs. Meanwhile, a boxing ring help fighters hone their jabs and uppercuts, while Zumba classes invite students to sweat through easy-to-follow dance moves set to catchy international beats. Yoga and jiu-jitsu classes are also available as are classic circuit training sessions that combine all the benefits of cardio and strength training into a single workout.
The expert instructors at G Studio know that each guest is unique, so they’ve created an eclectic list of classes six days a week. They teach Zumba, hip-hop, and street-jazz fitness classes, which use high-energy and infectious dance moves to motivate students through cardio workouts. They also offer boot-camp classes, which focus on more traditional strength-training and cardio drills. And to further customize workouts, the studio offers personalized and semiprivate classes.
Like mounting an HDTV on a terra-cotta warrior, Excel Yoga blends the ancient and the modern, shepherding students of all experience levels through serene yoga sessions, sultry belly-dancing lessons, and high-energy kickboxing and boot-camp fitness classes. A sense of community weaves throughout the studio, from the eco-friendly bamboo flooring to courses that bring families into the fitness fold, such as Kids Yoga and Mommy & Me Yoga.
Beyond its slate of exercise classes, workshops deepen yogis’ relationship with various aspects of yoga. The Anatomy Workshop, for example, blends discussion and practice to explore how certain poses can relieve physical disorders. Excel Yoga even cultivates its own fleet of enthusiastic instructors through intensive teacher training that outfits prospective pedagogues with the knowledge, poses, and sweat-proof grade books they need to lead classes.
Retro Fitness, named one of Entrepreneur's Top New Franchises in 2011, unfurls with 13,000 square feet of vintage-styled workout space that leads visitors to physical peaks in a sunny setting marked by red and yellow fitness equipment and an encouraging team of goal-oriented personal trainers. The capacious gym's sound system blasts energetic jams from the '80s and beyond as exercisers hoist weights or watch TV shows on the 17-inch screens affixed to every cardio machine. Classic flicks such as Grease and Ferris Bueller's Day Off claim screen space in the cardio theater, where guests manufacture sweat by pedaling, jogging, and rewinding hundreds of VHS tapes. Checkerboard pathways venture toward the Retro Blends juice bar with baristas who blend made-to-order fruit smoothies using whey protein and yogurt.