While many gyms offer weights, treadmills, ellipticals, and rowing machines to help its members achieve leaner physiques, all JC Barre Fitness Studio needs is a ballet barre. That's because the apparatus helps students sculpt lean muscles, lose weight, and increase agility thanks to a flurry of exercises performed during various classes. The studio's signature class B3 blends Pilates, ballet, and Yoga into a one-hour, 600 calorie-burning workout, and co-ed boot camp by B3 ups the exercise ante with increased cardio and isometric moves that deliver a satisfying burn without actually setting fire to one's muscles. In addition to barre classes, the studio offers up Pilates and Zumba sessions and invites its clients to suggest additional classes via email.
Marie Medina began dancing as a 6-year-old, and she has never lost her enthusiasm for it. Inside her industrial chic studio, Marie and her team of instructors strive to empower and inspire women through fitness, movement, and dance. They lead students of all fitness levels through a variety of dance-inspired fitness classes such as Barre, Zumba, Pilates, Ballroom Fit, and more, all designed to stimulate the mind, body, and soul.
For A.M. Fitness Groove owner and head instructor Ajia Maximillian, working out should be a party that you look forward to, not something you dread at the end of the day. To that end, she opened her dance-fitness studio to spice up workouts, while catering to the busy schedule of New Yorkers. Sessions start at 6:30 a.m., allowing students to burn calories during a Zumba or boot-camp class before heading into work as the mayor’s bagel tester. Ajia also offers “express” midday classes that easily squeeze into a lunch break, with the hope that clients can get their workout in during the day, leaving time for friends, family, and relaxation in the evenings. And to boost energy levels and overall fun, she infuses her up-tempo dance classes with elements from her background in West African drumming, hip-hop, and Congolese dancing.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Most fitness centers house treadmills, free weights, and studios with fitness classes—but The SWEAT Party is different. Instead of relying on that same familiar set-up, the establishment (which grew directly from the dance club scene) draws DJs, eclectic fitness trainers, and cutting-edge choreographers to its classes. There, each session or party leads revelers in pulse-pounding workouts focused on fun, wellness, and not stepping on fellow students' feet. SWEAT also hosts a quarterly SWEAT party which incorporates a power hour, dance party, and Wellness Lounge where participants can head for massages, facials, blood pressure screenings, and anonymous HIV testing.
Apogee Life brings their fitness training to you, no matter where you are. You can access their extensive library of web-based videos 24 hours a day from the comforts of your own home. On a computer, tablet, or smart phone, fit seekers can break a sweat to a slew of Pilates, boot-camp, martial arts, yoga, and strength-training videos, led by workout gurus such as bodybuilder Nick Wright and lauded fitness institutions such as PowerPilates and Vbarre.
In addition to hosting virtual fitness classes, Apogee Life regularly brings their training to workshops, seminars, and conferences throughout the US.