The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core hardeners alike. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning caloric evidence with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Pulse Fitness Center is owned and operated under the direction of board-certified physicians who know that nutrition is as critical for good health as knowledgeable staff and the latest equipment technology. A team of personal trainers?which includes a former professional football player and a former physical readiness instructor for the U.S. Army?guides fitness seekers toward their personal goals. The team counsels students on dietary habits and points them to machines with the Smart Key digital memory system, which, like a robot butler who has been around since childhood, remembers guests' personal preferences and physical activities. The center's TechnoGym equipment entertains patrons with personal TVs at each station, and an overhead sound system keeps the 10,000-square-foot space pumping with free weights and FreeMotion equipment.
Guests can drop kids off for childcare before classes ranging from TRX suspension training to Zumba sessions with dance moves set to Latin-inspired music. Licensed professionals at the medically directed center provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the in-house Harland Rehabilitation Clinic.
Just Fitness 4 U Jacksonville has equipped its three locations with myriad machines, amenities, and classes. Its group fitness classes shake up fitness routines as instructors model Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves to the thudding base of global party hits and Hot Hula classes get hips swiveling to island rhythms.
The Baymeadows location's cardio equipment is equipped with cooling fans and personal screens that show high-definition cable TV. Guests also can refresh at the smoothie bar, pump up their muscles on Star Trac and FreeMotion strength-training equipment, and furiously peddle while admiring a vibrant graffiti-style mural by a local artist in the cycling room. Plush leather couches and a waterfall welcome members to the Mandarin location, whereas the Southside location summons guests to watch movies and chase after screen villains atop Cybex equipment.
All three locations entertain exercisers with either Cardio Theater equipment or a cardio cinema. The staff screens action-packed flicks such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Man on Fire, and Avatar and promises not to weep openly during the emotional scenes.
A floating floor bears no resemblance to the carpeted, tiled, or concrete floors you usually see at the gym. But then again, Go Danz, Get Fit isn't a gym?it's a studio specializing in dance fitness. So it makes perfect sense that its founders opted for a floating floor, which is much easier on the ankles, knees, and hips. However, you might not even notice what's underfoot when laser lights and thumping music fire up, signaling the beginning of a dance class. Most classes are rooted in Zumba, but instructors also teach hip-hop and Hot Hula, a blend of Polynesian moves and reggae music.
Although Brandi Drye and her team at Peak Physiques JAX offer one-on-one workouts, their specialty is the group setting. Classes such as boot camp and TRX suspension training burn calories, improve conditioning, and strengthen the first thing employers look for in a new candidate: muscles. It's not all heavy lifting, though. Drye and company also schedule more rhythmically minded classes such as belly dancing, capoeira, yoga, and Zumba.
Dragon Dance Yoga takes its name from a mythical story that pits a hero against a fire-breathing dragon, interpreted as a struggle between pleasure and achievement. In yoga classes, students gain both pleasure and achievement while twisting and bending into a series of poses. Other offerings include energizing Zumba classes; deeply relaxing meditation sessions; and special yoga classes geared toward children and local tomcats.