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Devised by Pure Barre founder Carrie Rezabek, these fusion classes balance the grace of dance with the exertion of lifting and the soothing stretch of stretching. Each 55-minute session loosens, strengthens, and lengthens the body through a smooth blend of the ballet barre, weight training, and limbering Pilates. In the process, you'll tone your tush, thighs, hips, arms, and abs; burn fat efficiently; and block out the invasive anxieties of the real world, such as the lingering dread that squirrels are evolving faster than us and will soon top the food chain. Because the Pure Barre workout shuns any jumping or bouncing movement, already overworked and somewhat disgruntled joints will be spared any further stress. Classes are scheduled in the morning and evenings most days of the week.

5426 U.S. 280
Birmingham,
AL
US

Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.


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1870 Chace Dr. Ste 100
Hoover,
AL
US

Amid the buzz of whirring cardio machines, Next Total Fitness's Roebuck facility bustles with fitness classes and personal training sessions. The cardio room brims with equipment such as TV-equipped elliptical machines, bikes, and treadmills from brands such as Life Fitness, and Star Trac. The facility also boasts an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, a boxing room, a half basketball court, and studios where certified instructors helm group fitness, spin, Zumba and yoga classes.

Otherwise, expert coaches lead specialty group training and weight training sessions, and personal trainers build custom workout regimens to accommodate each individual's own unique physical health and fitness abilities. Trainers also advise clients on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, childcare professionals keep a careful watch over offspring as parents spend their time in a group fitness class, exercising or secretly flexing in the changing room mirrors.

3447 Lorna Rd
Hoover,
AL
US

Little black quotation marks stand out against J19 Fitness’s light-gray brick walls, encompassing neatly painted letters that spell, “What I once feared, I now embrace.” These words act as a collective mantra and reminder for the exercisers at J19 Fitness, who on any given day may perform pushups, dashes, jumps, and Olympic-style weight lifts. Each day, the trainers here consult their vast repertoire of exercises to create a new regimen, ensuring that clients never walk into the same exercise session twice. This ever-shifting arrangement of exercises is a key aspect of CrossFit; it prevents the body from adapting to the workout so that muscles continue to perform at their best. Athletes, Olympic competitors, soldiers, and police personnel around the world use this same exercise philosophy to maintain peak physical condition and achieve maximum coolness when wearing sleeveless muscle shirts.

3414 Lorna Lane
Hoover,
AL
US

Led by certified fitness trainer Rachel Hunt, boot-camp sessions combine core-conditioning exercises with cardio and weight training to mold muscles and burn calories. Each day, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerilla ambush's worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Because the group setting promotes a team mentality, students motivate each other to take on new challenges and strive for their physical best. Class sizes are small (no more than 15 attendees), ensuring each student receives individualized attention and that there's enough oxygen available to prevent gasping. Click here to see Extreme's boot camp in action.

4600 Preserve Parkway
Hoover,
AL
US

Founder Niya Jackson, a lifelong dancer with a background in tap, jazz, and ballet, is driven to give her students a place to build confidence from empowering routines and encouraging fitness plans. She and PYT Studio's instructors welcome women of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels to strengthen their cores and lose weight through their pole-dance and aerobic exercises. Pole-dancing courses teach a series of spins, floor exercises, and transitional moves, all of which can be turned into fun, sexy routines to wow significant others and fellow volunteer firefighters. The studio's wide selection of aerobics classes ranges from straightforward Zumba and floor work workouts to original and exotic routines, including Booty Popp, belly dancing, and lap-dance aerobics.

3435 South Shades Crest Road
Hoover,
AL
US