Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Amid a spacious dance floor and plentiful mirrors, Southern Elegance Dance Studio sets shoulders a-shimmying and knees a-jerking to a variety of rug-cutting styles. Depending on the student's choice, teachers will channel their lessons toward a specific style, which can include the waltz, the foxtrot, the rumba, and swing. Experienced dancing instructors commence private introductory classes with the mechanics of movement, focusing on beat and balance before moving on to complicated foot movements and advanced eyebrow lifts. All dance classes combine cardio workouts and muscle strengthening, fostering pupils' fitness, coordination, and ability to clench a rose between their teeth.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
Heather and Sarah may both be seasoned exercise instructors and personal trainers today, but they took very different routes to fitness. Heather Miller grew up living and breathing sports, as an active participant in the outdoors at her family horse farm. Whereas Sarah Roap only turned to exercise as a last resort when her doctor informed her in 2009 that at 285 pounds, she wouldn't live to see her grandchildren. Through a combination of working out and gastric-bypass surgery, Sarah shed those dangerous pounds. Today, both trainers help clients stay on a healthy track at Sustainable Fitness, where they offer group fitness classes and personal training.
Bender's Gym operates around its clients' busy schedules by providing members with their own sets of keys, which gives them secure, 24/7 access. Once inside, members are in exercise heaven. Certified instructors lead a variety of group fitness classes, including Les Mills programs, in rooms with full-length mirrors. Flat-screen televisions surround strength-training and cardio equipment to keep exercisers entertained. Members can also opt for individual attention with one-on-one workouts. Led by a personal trainer, these sessions help clients meet specific goals, such as getting ultratoned to prevent embarrassment during an upcoming wedding's cake-throwing ceremony.
At Dynamic Krav Maga & Fitness, self-defense comes first. That’s why the staff teaches the same martial-art discipline employed by real-life self-defenders from the Israeli Defense Forces to the Navy SEALs and US Special Forces. Krav maga combines elements from a variety of martial-arts disciplines, including boxing and self-defense techniques. These have been forged into a system capable of dealing with any dangerous situation, from defending against a single or multiple opponents to disarming and disabling a weapon-wielding assailant. You won’t find official uniforms or katas at the studio, just experienced, patient instructors and committed students.