Snap Fitness accommodates busy schedules by keeping its well-equipped gym open 24 hours. No matter what the time of day, clients can pop in to burn calories on cardio equipment or to hone their physiques with free weights and weight machines.
There are also dynamic group classes available that include boot camps and Richard Simmons–impersonation lessons. Members can also take advantage of the fitness center's comfortable and breezy workout apparel.
“Dancing can totally change a relationship—I’ve seen it a hundred times,” says Miranda Irving, a lifelong dancer and founder of Best Of All Dance. “The man gets to be a man again [by leading], and the woman gets to be a damsel swept off her feet.” Irving met her own husband as he taught her ballroom dancing more than two decades ago. Today she and her team of expert instructors help couples work together on the floor as they lead, follow, twirl, and revel in the music during introductory sessions, where basic steps give way to advanced styles such as East Coast swing, salsa, and foxtrot. The studio’s roster of lively fitness classes combines all-out exertion with energetic dance moves, from Latin-tinged Zumba to Bootie Blast sessions, where choreographed routines elicit sweat while groups of about 10¬–25 students memorize moves to hip-hop music and hits from artists such as Janet Jackson to combine music and exercise better than a jog on a human-size turntable.
Under the direction of grand master Yang, a multi-martial-art black belt, the students at Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center gain physical and mental empowerment in challenging tae kwon do classes. Classes focus on powerful punching and kicking movements to improve coordination and flexibility. The tae kwon do self-defense style employs a systemized training curriculum that distinguishes advancement through symbolic progression such as belts and increasingly solemn head nods.
Students who commit to the principles of tae kwon do notice mental and personal benefits in addition to the physical ones. Elevated self-discipline and concentration equips pupils with unmatched staring-contest capabilities, and improved confidence galvanizes leadership inside and outside the board- or classroom. Each session of tae kwon do encourages groups of students to train as a whole rather than as separate individuals as instructors stress unity during drills and heated games of Red Rover.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Bollywood Groove KC, LLC founder Shyamly Jaiswal is a certified yoga instructor, but her real achievement isn't in simply mastering those fitness routines, it's in putting her own spin on them. Jaiswal has found a way to work modern and traditional forms of Indian dance into the workouts at her studio, creating classes that not only burn calories and tone muscles, but also spread the infectious energy that is the trademark of Bollywood musicals.
Motivated by peer power and the intense instruction of an expert trainer, students shape up with a series of high-impact routines. A mixture of running drills, plyometrics, strength training, and fitness games keeps the program from getting dull. Borrowing from the techniques of firemen, Valeo stresses the benefits of teamwork and group participation. Groups meet at the Lakewood Middle School, Thomas Stoll Park, or Barry Platte Park. View a schedule for upcoming programs here.