The experienced Sensei Sandoval runs the show at Ageless Shotokan Karate, where he welcomes women, men, and children to learn martial arts. Shotokan karate classes teach kids the fundamentals of the sport and help adults improve fitness, confidence, and self-defense skills. In addition to karate, students can take kickboxing, dedicated self-defense, and even Zumba classes.
A flock of tired dancers traipse out of the studio, their ballet shoes brushing the floor in hushed footfalls as they head off to change. On their way, they pass members of the next class, dressed in yoga pants and sweatshirts. Clear-eyed and hungry, the new group stretches. Thumping hip-hop beats fill the room, and, with only a moment's hesitation, they launch into the first of many energetic routines that will fill that session. This is the way of life at The Beat Dance Academy, where owner Amanda Sizemore and her instructors live by a simple motto: dance is the only form of art “where the artist is also the masterpiece.”
To mold their artists into graceful and strong works of art, instructors teach classes in 15 dance and fitness styles that range from lyrical to Pilates. A combo class encourages children ages 2-5 to move with rhythm and timing, while adult jazz classes unlock the body isolations, leaping, and technical steps fortify the genre’s fundamentals. Meanwhile, aerial classes invite nimble bodies to balance and twirl on a suspended silk or hoop, using their muscles to stay off the ground without calling upon their latent powers of flight.
It’s typically said that two heads are better than one, so four must represent an improvement of exponential proportions. The theory certainly holds true in the case of Ultimate Training Center’s four founders, whose heads are chock full of exercise information gleaned from years in the fitness industry and owning their own fitness businesses. They decided to join forces, bringing their many disciplines under one roof. Sue Harragan and Tawnya Christian focus on the ballet-inspire barre fitness classes. Fifteen-year personal training veteran Mike Alexander teaches Schwinn spinning and TRX suspension techniques to build muscle and endurance. CrossFit guru Chris Lewis rounds out the lineup, brining intense cross training and kettlebell classes to the gym.
At Elevé Training Studios, head instructor Alfredo Brandt, along with an experienced staff, leads participants in specialized cardio and core-fitness workouts designed to elevate body and mind. The studio's signature Elevé Tramp classes use trampolines to raise heart rates, putting less harmful stress on joints than many conventional workouts.
The beats of salsa, reggaeton, merengue, hip-hop, and house music emanate from a top-quality sound system in The Z Spot LV’s 4,000-square-foot studio as students, guided by certified instructors, slide across the sleek wooden dance floor with high energy dance moves aimed at burning calories and building muscles.