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Teaching Zumba seemed like the perfect union of passions for Gwen Hernandez. A trained dancer with more than 13 years of experience in ballet, tap, and jazz and a self-proclaimed lover of Latin culture since the first grade, Gwen joined these interests and became licensed in Zumba to share her penchant for fitness with others. During classes, she uses upbeat Latin music and dance combinations to help clients burn calories and tone their bods in a fun, energetic, and supportive atmosphere. As a licensed Zumba instructor, she is qualified to teach basic Zumba, ZumbAtomic for kids, and Zumba core classes. She also makes herself available for parties and other occasions, for which she can bring her skills and fitness routines directly to clients’ homes.

119 Hilltop Village Shopping Center
Oxford,
NC
US

?Routine is the enemy??a statement Scott and Laura Garrison proclaim with the seriousness of a war declaration. They believe that exercise all too often makes a shift from ritual to routine, losing all spontaneity and excitement, as well as inspiring many people to quit before they can reap the benefits of their hard work. At CrossFit Confortare, the duo work to diminish the number of quitters by leading a boredom-crushing, ever-changing workout of the day, as well as by fostering a community where students challenge one another in friendly competition and hold themselves accountable to their own goals. They structure their workouts around functional movements people use in their everyday lives, such as squatting to pick up loose change or performing knee lifts to punt their outgoing mail across town to the post office each morning. Workouts range from fundamental exercises, such as pushups and jump rope sets, to intense spurts of Olympic lifts and rope climbing. To supplement their physical instruction, the Garrisons also provide guidance on eating a nutritionally balanced diet.

230 Capcom Ave
Wake Forest,
NC
US

Drawing from her training in dance and yoga and the Pilates certification she earned in 2001, owner Ashley Hayes leads fitness classes that emphasize mindful movements. She animates a hands-on mentality during Pilates and barre dynamics sessions, which require students to consistently monitor their range of motion. Ashley imparts this approach to help her students increase stamina and muscle tone through the repeated execution of the proper technique, as opposed to brute repetition. Her elegant exercise regimens can build long, lean muscles over time while encouraging the kind of posture that makes a drill sergeant feel like Quasimodo.

Richland Mall
Columbia,
South Carolina
US

Equipment: Ballet barres, gymnastics mats, Marley flooring system
Students Should Bring: Water bottle, proper dance shoes based on genre of dance class
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Average Class Length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Established: 2008
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

10501 Ligon Mill Rd.
Wake Forest,
NC
US

Open 18 hours a day, 365 days a year, Carolina Health Club's friendly staff and modern facilities motivate members to achieve their fitness-related goals in a supportive, stress-free environment. With ample parking and dozens of treadmills, spin stations, elliptical machines, and a spacious open floor for exercise equipment and free weights, the gym provides a comfortable atmosphere without the crowding and unmotivational headbutts common at larger commercial gyms. Your one-month membership will include access to classes such as cardio kickboxing and Pilates, both of which welcome participants of all fitness and activity levels (some classes, such as jazzercise and stretch training, may require an additional fee).

2109 S Main St
Wake Forest,
NC
US

Established: 2004
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Pro Tip: Come dressed in loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.

12339 Wake Un
Wake Forest,
NC
US