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.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Prevail Fitness keeps its doors open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that exercise fanatics can burn calories and midnight oil alike with a large free-weight area, FreeMotion and Cybex Eagle circuit equipment, and more than 30 pieces of cardio equipment. Social sweaters, meanwhile, can mingle during one of the 30 aerobics classes scheduled each week, including yoga, Zumba, and cardio dance. During two one-hour personal-training sessions, a certified trainer strengthens core muscles with a carefully calibrated workout regimen while doling out detailed advice, such as how many bench presses it takes to become invulnerable to javelins. Free childcare ensures that parents can get their sweat on without the hassle of storing infants inside their mouths.
Though a flock of strollers cascading across a park may be an unusual sight, to Meg and Susan it's an average day at work. That's because they lead Stroller Strides classes for moms. During the classes, women build strength and tone muscles with interval training, while instructors infuse the session with activities to entertain the stroller-bound babies. In addition to Stroller Strides, Meg and Susan also lead 8-week Body Back sessions which use high intensity interval training and meal plans to help moms reach their fitness goals. Susan, a mother of two and Fit4Mom franchise owner, holds a MS in health education and specializes in prenatal and postnatal fitness. Through her work, she, along with Meg, help their clients realize that being a mom doesn't mean having to give up your own personal care or closet of barbells.
Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
Personal trainers and former NCAA athletes Justin Pickens and DeWayne Hart march muscles through Chi-Rho Sports & Fitness's dynamic, demanding boot camp regimen toward their owner's fitness goals. During their two-week session, participants at all fitness levels face an onslaught of unique exercises designed to shock and confuse bodies into revealing the whereabouts of long-lost triceps and pecs. Each one-hour, full-body workout is designed to boost energy and shed excess body fat, aided by the trainer's nutrition tips. Participants are required to register in advance and provide information about medical histories and tolerance for funny drill sergeant impressions.