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.
Planet Fitness provides a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can take advantage of myriad aerobic and strength-training options, as well as the club's friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Pummel muscles on the extensive selection of brand-name sinew-strengthening equipment and free weights, or, with the help of a trained instructor, design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others offer full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
Judi Sheppard Missett never could have imagined that the workout she created called “Jazzercise”—a routine that combines her beloved jazz dance moves with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing—would affect and change so many lives worldwide. Its reach extends into Las Vegas thanks to certified instructors who teach the 60-minute workouts up to seven times a week. There is also a low-impact class option, which follows the same dance-centric routine but shies away from jumps in order to safeguard achy joints.
Boredom may be acceptable on the couch, but never in the gym. RAW Fitness instructors animate a dedication to that credo by invigorating students of all skill levels during indoor or outdoor training with their constantly changing boot camps. The team melds traditional exercises, such as light running and resistance training, with unorthodox segments spent crawling and climbing through obstacle courses either solo or teamed up with a partner. But RAW’s fitness system, which targets thighs, glutes, and abs, is only one part of the equation, like a presidential candidate's hair or abs. In addition to their boot-camp routines, trainers lead the Eating for Success nutritional program, which teaches students 12 habits to permanently lose weight.
Runners and walkers clad in white Blacklight Run T-shirts gather and prepare for the starting bell. Once it sounds, they take off to run a simple 5K route, but by end, they?ll hardly recognize themselves. That?s because along the way they will pass glow zones, where watchers douse them in a nontoxic neon powder that glows under the black lights and changes their clothes into artwork. Once they cross the finish line, they attend the Blacklight Run After Party, complete with DJ-spun tunes and another color throw every 15 minutes as photographers snap shots.
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.