The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The ClassRoom challenges fitness fiends and neophytes alike with a schedule packed with 10 different types of booty-kicking group classes, each between 30 and 60 minutes long. Guests can join experienced instructors to take advantage of the functional conditioning of kettle bells, find inner sultriness with urban striptease aerobics, or carve out cut cores with traditional mat Pilates. Legs and arms transform into high achievers in 101 and honors classes, which define limbs with weights, resistance bands, and plyometrics, and the high-energy, Latin-influenced choreography of Zumba results in head-turning tone and eye-catching confidence boosts.
In 1883, the Youngstown YMCA opened as a place farmers moving to the city for work could retreat to. It now boasts three branches: the Central branch in downtown Youngstown, Camp Fitch on Lake Erie, and the D.D. & Velma Davis Family YMCA.
Though the Y is a place where members can go to exercise, participate in sports leagues, and swim, it's also more than that; it's a place that strives to teach good values to community members. It stresses the importance of such principles as respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and it's dedicated to helping the area out through community-service efforts.
Studio Fit's instructors accommodate students with a wide variety of wellness goals by teaching a shifting roster of group fitness classes. Mainstream workouts from Zumba and Les Mills complement those of boot camps, indoor cycling, and kickboxing, each of which can scale their exercises for participants of all fitness levels. From atop an elevated platform, licensed instructors steer students through each exercise and easily spot scurvy-fearing sea captains trying to lick the studio's lime-green walls. Staff members can also pair up with clients for one-on-one personal-training sessions.
More than 100 pieces of workout equipment fill Butler Health & Fitness, but that doesn't mean you have to exercise alone. Group instructors lead yoga, Zumba, and senior-oriented SilverSneakers classes, and personal trainers lead one-on-one personal-training sessions. Other membership perks include access to saunas, tanning beds, complimentary childcare, and racquetball courts, which are just basketball courts for tennis players.