Brightly colored spotlights aren’t the only things that dance across the sleek hardwood floors at Sublime Fitness Studio. Under a chic industrial ceiling, enthusiastic instructors guide students of all skill levels through choreographed Zumba classes that get hearts pumping with dances set to high-energy Latin music. Flow classes fuse fitness moves with dance steps set to popular songs and the sounds of chart-topping howler monkeys. The schedule of classes also includes hip-swiveling fitness hula-hoop and sweat-inducing boot-camp training. Children inclined toward an energy-burning birthday party can enjoy a fete complete with balloons, decorations, age-appropriate games, and 30 minutes of Zumba or Flow instruction to burn off that birthday-cake sugar when candle flames aren’t strong enough.
Equipment: Benches, weights, bands, equalizers, steps, ropes
Students Should Bring: mats, water, towels
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Josette Puig, co-owner of GetJosette Fitness Studio, admits that hitting the gym for an hour is not what makes a difference when it comes to losing weight?it's really what you eat, when you eat, and how often you eat. That's why her fitness studio's members get access to nutrition education, including nutrition plans, clean-eating recipes, and simple rules to follow, including picking out two days a week when you get to make yourself a dessert or sneak a bite from your co-worker's ice cream cone. Josette believes that healthy food is the key to burning fat, building muscle, enhancing energy, and improving sleep.
Once patrons properly fuel their bodies, they can blast calories in fitness classes such as Insanity, which relies on long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises and short periods of rest to chisel bodies, and Body Barre classes, which use ballet barre moves and heart-pumping music to sculpt muscles.
Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
Ann Saldi is an expert at exchanging monotony for rhythm in gym routines. Having navigated the dance fitness industry for more than 20 years, she has mastered countless combinations of muscle-building moves and catchy beats, from pole-dancing to hip-hop cardio. She has also taught thousands of aspiring instructors the fundamentals of Zumba as a Zumba Education Specialist, and hosted workout workshops both in and out of the country. All of her experience has enabled her to develop her own signature routines at VaVaVoom Dance & Fitness, including Hip to Strip—a specialty class that blends aerobics and flexibility training with empowering striptease elements.
Ann prizes her studio's non-intimidating atmosphere, welcoming students of all backgrounds to boost their confidence and learn to wave with their bellies during her inventive classes. Private parties accommodate groups of girlfriends, moms, and bachelorettes with lessons on pole and chair work, which are led by accomplished instructors.
Equipment: Poles, hoops, weights, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and more
Students should bring: shorts, tank tops, water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Tobin Edmunds does pole fitness to stay in shape, to help other women change their lives, and, occasionally, to give back to charity. And she loves what she does. In fact, her fun-loving attitude netted her the most audience donations at the charity event Poles for Paws. At Love Pole Fitness, she strives to help other women find joy in life through pole fitness and other sassy classes.
Tobin and her fellow instructors teach students how to twirl around a pole, perform sultry chair dances, and create undulating belly-dance movements. They also help sculpt bodies in pole classes designed to build strength and endurance.
Tobin knows her fitness classes?really, any exercise in general?can be tough. She says, "Making changes can be challenging," but adds that it's important to remember the mantra "if at first you don't succeed, try again." She credits her studio's "supportive family atmosphere" for helping women overcome their fitness hurdles and successfully trade slow-cooker recipes.
Gstarfit founder Gregg D?Andrea strives to ensure that no client at his spin-focused fitness center ever gets bored. His core goal is to maximize the relationship between brain and body, always pushing, challenging, and making himself solve riddles while doing chin-ups. The classes at Gstarfit range from classic yet challenging indoor cycling to fat-busting boot-camp routines designed to burn calories and tone the physique.