At E.R.V. Dance Studio, students can summon their inner Fred Astaire in motivational group dance classes. Experienced instructors offer tips and demonstrate moves to help students execute classic ballroom styles that include the waltz and tango, along with sultry Latin dances such as the cha cha, salsa, and merengue. Private lessons, meanwhile, provide more personalized one-on-one instruction for individuals or couples. The spacious studio also makes a great venue for private dance parties or kids' birthday parties, which feature a DJ and dance instruction from a competitive hokey pokier.
A stable of free weights and kettlebells greets guests at Full Motion Fitness, prepared to do its duty to remake visitors’ physiques at the command of motivated gym-goers or experienced trainers. Staffers propel clients toward fitness goals during personal-training sessions or group classes that range from boot camps to yoga sessions. Lone exercising wolves can execute their own fitness regimens in the TV-lined main gym space, which brims with equipment for raising heart rates and toning muscles, including treadmills, TRX suspension-training straps, and selectorized weight machines. In addition to hosting workouts, the studio gives clients the tools to achieve full-body wellness, including skin treatments such as microdermabrasion and chiropractic services, which can ease chronic pain and melt stress faster than a sauna powered by glowing compliments.
Named after a Sanskrit word that means “disciple of a guru,” Roots Natural Health’s Chelah Marie Vega approaches holistic wellness with passion and devotion. She has strived toward natural health for most of her life, working on organic vegetable farms as she concocted herbal bodycare products for friends, family, and the farms' dedicated scarecrows.
These days, Vega sows the seeds of health for her clients, drawing upon her training in exercise science and homeobotanical therapy to build custom workouts, meal plans, and herbal remedies. As a group workout leader, she fuses Pilates’ core-toning isometrics with Vinyasa yoga’s flowing stretches to sculpt muscles and boost energy. She also leads one-on-one training sessions to help clients master calorie-torching techniques, bringing them closer to reaching their specific weight-loss and fitness goals. To foster naturally healthy lifestyles, Vega matches interested clients with workout partners and crafts supplements designed to ward off colds and lightning bolts. In addition to exercise and dietary assistance, the center's spa treatments, including facials and acupressure, extract stress and impurities, helping clients’ inner beauty shine.
Academy of Russian Ballet founders Svetlana Gavrilova and Kirill Bak supply beginning dancers with techniques gathered through years of professional dancing as well as study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. The one-hour pre-ballet classes divvy up time slots according to age group, with 3- to 5-year-olds embarking on their slippered studies in Pre-Ballet I at 4:30 p.m. and 6- to 8-year-olds learning the ropes of Pre-Ballet II at 5:30 p.m.
Nestled inside Healthy Training’s 2,100-square-foot space, kettlebells, body bars, and medicine balls eagerly await action in the next sweat-filled boot camp. They answer to a team of nationally-certified trainers, who lead group fitness classes that build long, muscles through yoga and Zumba. In addition to group classes, these trainers craft personal fitness plans unique to each individual. They can also demystify the secrets of healthy eating through customized nutritional planning and fat-burning recipes that utilize unique spices, whole ingredients, and protein bar wrappers.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.