The only way to get a body like a professional fighter is to train like a professional fighter. That's why students flock to The Pit Vegas's 12,000-square-foot facility—the diverse classes help people of all fitness levels build muscle and boost their health with combat-style techniques, but without the hazards of professional combat. The gym houses everything needed to get fit under one roof, from kettlebells and medicine balls to hanging bags. Weather permitting, some classes move outdoors to the large parking lot, where sledgehammers and tractor tires await. Mixed martial arts classes are also available for kids ages 4–14.
The fancy footwork of Pamela Ann School of Dance’s instructors have launched them onto stage with headliners such as the Wu-Tang Clan, B2K, and the Black Eyed Peas; earned them roles in the riveting, graceful performances of Cirque du Soleil; and landed them amid the innovative rhythmic stylings of Stomp Out Loud. Headed by Pamela Ann Schumacher, who has a degree in dancing and has taught for 20 years, the talented staff coaches students as young as two years or as old as a bearded sea turtle. In addition to classic forms such as ballet and jazz, the studio offers classes in hip-hop and breakdancing. While instructors emphasize proper technique as they provide individualized attention, their main priority is to instill a passion for dancing while making sure students feel valued and have fun, welcoming those who see dance as a recreational pursuit, rather than a daily commitment like loving your mother.
Acrobat Sorin Salcianu has exercised his high-flying skills in performances with Cirque du Soleil and international competitions. His wife Tammy has spent more than three decades building muscle as a competitive gymnast and fitness trainer. Both are United States Academy of Gymnasts–certified coaches. As the co-owners and directors of the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance, they draw from their combined fitness backgrounds to lead a team of instructors from Romania, Argentina, France, Canada, and the United States. With this international team, the school is able to draw from fitness and dance training styles from around the world. The resulting programs include leveled, kid-focused courses in recreational and junior-level professional gymnastics as well as tumbling, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance.
The fitness instructors, personal trainers, and nutritionists at ClubSport wield the foundations of total-body wellness: detailed knowledge and cutting-edge equipment. Group classes such as cardio kickboxing, cycling, and circuit training showcase routines for all fitness levels, seven days a week. Personal-training sessions, meanwhile, bring help exercisers develop their own fitness plans and face down the imaginary knight that guards every piece of weight-training equipment.
ClubSport also transforms bodies outside the fitness studio and weight room. A self-described resort-style aquatic center features several lap and exercise pools where swimmers can fine-tune their breaststrokes and favorite shark calls. At an on-site spa, massage therapists ease muscle tension with modalities ranging from hot stone and prenatal to trigger point and reflexology.
Per its name, barre3's workouts?which have been featured in Self, Marie Claire, and Women's Health?take place at the ballet barre, and consist of three phases: aligning and strengthening exercises, low-impact cardio routines, and a lengthening stretch session. The fusion workouts draw inspiration from Pilates, yoga, and ballet, and are spurred on by an upbeat soundtrack, which motivates participants to gracefully groove. For added convenience, the studio's online classes also let enthusiasts re-create the posture-improving workouts at home or in Swan Lake.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Green Valley know that, in every active life, a little sweat must fall. From the confines of their super-heated studio, they help students boost energy, increase circulation, and master physical control with the detoxifying poses of Bikram Choudhury's 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises. They also stay sharp, continuing their training and education long after they complete their 600-hour Bikram Yoga Teachers Training course. This dedication to well-being is also reflected in the studio itself. There, students can relax with post-class showers, untangle knotted muscles with the help of an on-site massage therapist, and peruse the boutique for gear by Shakti, Bellissima, Asana, and more. Their tireless efforts helped build the type of yoga community idealized by the founder of their discipline; in 2009, Bikram Choudhury himself visited the studio to lead classes in his iconic postures and sign copies of his book.