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.
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.
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.
Owned and operated by fitness consultant Kathleen Rea, Regeneration offers yoga, Pilates, yogalates, and cardio sculpt classes for keeping the body as close to its factory settings as possible. The yogalates class is the result of cross-breeding yoga and Pilates, both of which are also offered as separate classes, and is designed to maximize the body's muscle tone, improve its flexibility, and pour a fresh batch of strength into its core. During the cardio sculpt class, light weights and resistance training help tone bodies while increasing the odds of out-swimming an angry hippo. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling ahead is preferred.
Inside CrossFit North Little Rock's utilitarian gym, people are flipping tractor tires, jumping onto boxes, and slithering up ropes. To the uninitiated, it may look like chaos, but CrossFit's system has a method to its madness. That method is based on constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity.
Perfecting and strengthening movements such as jumping, squatting, bending, and lifting translates to everyday activities as well as all sports and work activities. That's a big reason the gym's trained instructors choose it as their primary fitness system, and the fact that it's scalable to all fitness levels and ages is another. They're also able to change the workouts each day, which keeps the boredom of repetition away. Finally, their group sessions foster team spirit, which keeps inspiration high and motivation at the ready.