Zumba in Kannapolis

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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.

191 W Plaza Dr
Mooresville,
NC
US

From open until close, the energetic Zumba instructors at Fit You Studios lead groups through easy-to-follow dance moves in a judgment-free environment. The aerobic maneuvers synch up with Latin rhythms and other international tunes made by chart-topping artists and Grammy Award–winning cardiologists. For those who like to dance like their kids aren't watching, Fit You Studios also offers free childcare during each one-hour session. Sweat-soaked dancers can rehydrate with complimentary alkaline water, which aims to boost metabolism and neutralize acid in the blood stream.

8400-d fairview rd
Mint Hill,
North Carolina
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds 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. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

10345 Nations Ford Road
Charlotte,
NC
US

In an environment suitable for the whole family, The Body Bar’s encouraging team of fitness coaches and trainers empowers exercisers to reshape their bodies and stay physically fit through group workouts and one-on-one sessions. Visitors seeking full-body transformations can torch calories with intense boot-camp classes and personal-training sessions and complement exercise with a variety of nutrition plans. The studio’s schedule replaces boring workout routines with exhilarating, heart-pumping classes such as pole fitness, Zumba, and hip-hop for kids.

8155 Ardrey Kell Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Mel Markowski believes in the power of dance. To her, dancing is more than an art form—it’s a way of life. To that end, she has dedicated herself to helping others dance their way to health. Her cardio hip-hop classes pair high-energy dance moves with infectious music, enabling students to get their heart rates up while enjoying themselves. Mel demonstrates easy-to-follow moves first, allowing slow-footed students or overeager centaurs to follow along and let loose.

1111 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte,
NC
US

Inside Female Fighters MMA, Angèle Rodgers whips her clients into shape with dance-fitness routines. Latin and international tunes blast through the speakers so participants won’t have to work out in the silence characteristic of a married couple’s first dance.

900 West Trade Street
Charlotte,
NC
US