Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Yoga Alley's warm and inviting yoga studio offers a variety of classes in various styles. Students of all skill levels are invited to stretch and sweat their way through one of the studio's vinyasa, hot-yoga, or gentle-yoga classes. Classes at Yoga Alley integrate the mind, body, and spirit, and the studio's friendly founder, Tricia Tayrien, has created a welcoming and noncompetitive atmosphere in which expert instructors encourage students of all skill levels and body types to achieve a higher state of total body wellness. You can learn more about each class and view the schedule here; classes are on a drop-in basis. Though you will probably want to own your own mat, you may borrow one of Yoga Alley's, if necessary. Yoga Alley also recommends bringing a small towel and water.
Staffers describe Life Transformation Fitness as "an exclusive fitness facility with the amenities of a large facility. When members swipe their key fobs to enter the 24-hour gym, or wrap up a workout with smoothie or sauna session, they'll begin to see why. The facility is designed to be a flexible space that makes working out easy. Amenities range from the small details, like the personal TVs stationed at every cardio machine, to the Kids Club, which keeps littler visitors occupied instead of being confused for dumbbells. During personal training sessions, participants receive iPad-friendly guidance with help from the facility's Activtrax progress-tracking system. But perhaps the gym's most prized facility is its spacious interior itself. Airy and brimming with top-notch equipment, the space makes it easy for clients to curate their own routines and exceed fitness goals.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Carla Mock believes that everybody deserves to look and feel fabulous. When she founded a gym where she could teach her unique combination of yoga, pole fitness, and burlesque, she sought a name that encapsulated her philosophy. That's how she arrived at FIMB, which stands for Fabulous in Mind and Body.
Shining poles run from floor to ceiling in the warmly lit, orange-walled studio, giving students structures to twirl around during pole-fitness classes and sturdy supports to bend between during yoga sessions. Polga—one of Carla's original creations—combines yogic stretching with the upper-body workout of pole dancing. Students use the poles to enhance alignment and perform classic yoga poses, unlike Santa’s elves, who climb the pole to escape gingerbread warriors pillaging the village on their fearsome rocking horses.