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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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.
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.
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.
Owner and instructor Rachel Hunt and her team of instructors motivate their participants to think beyond the treadmill. At Extreme Fit Training, instructors guide them toward slimmer waistlines and more sculpted muscles in their lineup of ever-changing, high-intensity boot-camp classes. The coed classes are held indoors and outdoors all over the Birmingham area. To keep participants engaged and inspired to continue on, instructors avoid repeating the same workouts during each four-week boot-camp session. Instead, they rotate through resistance, cardio, and core exercises that work the entire body. In some sessions, patrons might jog up steps at an outdoor stadium, and in others they might toss medicine balls. Before patrons attend their first class, their body-fat percentage is assessed and their measurements are taken. With this analysis, the team designs customized goals for boot campers and pushes them to achieve them in each class. With this analysis, the team designs customized goals for boot campers and pushes them to achieve them in each class.