Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Dynamic Performance's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Dynamic Performance’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
Armed with 21 years of training in various athletic disciplines and multiple certifications through organizations such as the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Jason Yun helps clients to mow down calories. With his assistant coaches Rick Locke, Bob Benden, and Bob Carleton, he bolsters the physical prowess and mental focus of students during multi-week boot camps. In addition to the camp, he teaches advanced classes such as Kettlebell Khaos or the blazingly fast-paced YunFit. In the latter, Yun shouts out a series of cardio and strength-training commands such as “pushup,” “squat,” or “go home and make a wheatgrass smoothie.”
Spa owners Lisa Jordan and Jami Morone have transported their own slice of the tropics to Ohio. The Cove Wellness Spa was inspired by their vacation to Hawaii, which they took after graduating from aesthetics school together. While there, they sought a secluded beach spot that would shield them from the islands' bustling tourists and heat-seeking coconuts. The cove that they found fulfilled their desire for total serenity and also sparked the idea for the spa they would manage on their return to the mainland.
Today, Lisa and Jami try to recapture the feeling of ultimate leisure that overtook them in their Hawaiian haven. They typically greet guests at the spa's doors, ushering them into a familial fold of clients. Their treatments range from body wraps to tanning, with waxing for men and women and facials that draw from nature with ingredients such as pumpkin, berries, and chocolate.
AussieFIT models its gym environment after Australia's lively culture, right down to the adventurous attitudes of its staff. The two clubs welcome members—or "mates"—into their fitness fold with workouts that embrace a fun-centric philosophy. Vigorous fitness classes transport their routines from Australia to the studio floor, where instructors guide BodyPump's barbell lifts and BodyCombat's martial arts strikes as they play invigorating music. Regardless of prior gym experience, visitors can groove along to BodyJam's intuitive dance choreography before taking a cooldown jog or slow-motion sprint on one of the many cardio machines. The exercise floor also includes a full-body circuit deemed the Quickie workout—an intense, nine-station regimen. Certified personal trainers oversee private sessions for a more customized approach, and attentive employees watch over youngsters at the onsite Little Nippers Kids' Club.
Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym’s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
“Once you get used to it … you just kinda feel like you’re flipping,” Gym Marika student Jessica Witkin says when describing trampolining in an interview with NBC 4. Trampolining, which has elevated from a backyard mainstay to a medal-earning event, is just one of the gymnastics techniques offered at Gym Marika to help improve the lives of children. “It really builds their self-confidence,” says Head Coach Marika Zahrndt, who oversees a team of USAG-certified coaches.
During classes, Marika and her staff guide students as they absorb techniques that range from rolls, handstands, and round-offs to combinations, aerial somersaults, and handsprings. Classes encompass multiple events, including floor routines, balance beams, vaulting, and uneven parallel bars. The programs are designed to accommodate kids with all aspirations, from those who dream of gold medals to kids who want a fun way to exercise and get through the seven-year winter.