The News Journal Readers' Choice Award winner in 2013 for Best Dance Studio, Take The Lead Dance Studio creates a fun and friendly environment for individuals looking to move. Students learn from a dynamic staff of instructors, many of whom have competed at the professional, international, and collegiate level. Teachers traffic in a variety of soft and silky moves, as students sample styles such as bachata, the hustle, salsa, and foxtrot. Couples can also collaborate with an instructor to learn a unique first dance for their wedding or other special occasion.
Before Jenn and Gary Keil opened Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, the two worked at a pharmaceutical company. Jenn, a yoga, meditation, and qi gong guru, tended to the employees' health, while Gary, a pharmacist with a PhD in neuropharmacology, applied his expertise to prescription medication and how to best serve his patients. After more than a decade of coordinating activities, the duo decided to find another outlet for their Western and alternative medicine passions. The result was Beautiful Mind Strong Body Center, a facility whose services include everything from hot and vinyasa yoga to therapeutic pain management. To strengthen their guests' mind, the Keils also offer certified positive psychology counseling sessions.
When Bryan graduated from college, he was acutely aware of the weight he had put on and the general softness of his body. When he decided to get rid of it, he turned to CrossFit. The program gave him more than he bargained for, transforming him not just into his old, fit self, but into an actual athlete, unlike Bo Jackson. He rode the ensuing wave of inspiration to six different CrossFit certifications—such as weightlifting and gymnastics—acquired all over the country. He then opened his own associate training branch, Longwood CrossFit. Now, using the ever-varying regimen that transformed his own life, he helps students aged 12 to 66 with everything from improving sports performance to shedding stubborn pounds that fear being converted to euros.
Fitness fads are a dime a dozen. So when the Latin-inspired dance-fitness workout Zumba launched in 2001, some fitness pros and Sylvester Stallone enthusiasts probably scoffed. But the workout's continued popularity today proves that it's far from a fad. Newcomers can see for themselves at ZHealth, where owner Michele and her fellow certified Zumba instructors see that the workout is performed correctly. That means constant motion, upbeat music, and lots of burned calories.
At more than 1,200 Snap Fitness centers around the country, dedicated exercisers can head to the gym any hour of the day, every day of the year. Inside each 24/7/365 space, a fleet of Cybex cardio and strength-training machines steels muscles and boosts heart rates, and free weights enable old-fashioned iron pumping. Televisions contribute news and entertainment to help pass the time during workouts.
Though its amenities may be similar to other gyms, Snap Fitness goes beyond the basics by striving to keep its members motivated to work out and meet goals. Members receive complimentary personal-training sessions to kick-start fitness routines, and afterward, a workout buddy system keeps members inspired. In addition, personalized websites track nutritional and fitness info without the need to scratch tally marks on the surface of your human-sized hamster wheel at home.
Yoga instructor Andrew Horgan guides students through a variety of yoga poses that strengthen the core and improve balance and flexibility. With Ashtanga yoga, poses are synchronized with the breath to produce a cleansing, detoxifying sweat which helps strengthen the body and calm the mind. Bliss Yoga Studio is outfitted with all the materials needed for class, including blocks, mats, and straps. Andrew also works with clients one-on-one during 90-minute private sessions.