After performing traditional Greek folk dance for celebrities, politicians, and even Greek royalty, Rozalia Aravantinos Xidias opened Asana Yoga + Dance. There, she helms a staff of instructors who perform Greek folk dance at weddings, christenings, and building demolitions. They also teach yoga, dance, and fitness classes to both adults and children, ensuring all classes are capped at a small number so each student receives personal attention. Inside the state-of-the-art facility, kids learn hip-hop and jazz moves and grown-ups glide peacefully through Hatha and Vinyasa poses or trim their waistlines during energetic Zumba classes. Girl Scouts can also visit the studio for a one-hour folk-dance lesson, which culminates in a folk-dance merit badge.
Helmed by women who share a passion for encouraging others to improve their daily lives, Gaia Fit draws its strength from personal training, nutrition counseling, and fitness classes. Through these efforts, the owners emphasize the importance of building a sense of support and camaraderie that they call Sisters in Sweat?bonding through pushing your own body to its limits while motivating others to work harder. Classes cater to myriad needs and abilities, and nutrition counseling spurs patrons toward weight loss and energy gain with plans tailored to their lifestyles, working to eliminate detrimental habits.
At LB Kass Dancebody Workout, owner LB Kass isn't merely helping students learn to dance or stay in shape. She's also sharing years of experience as a professional, award-winning dancer. Her resume is as varied as it is impressive: she's danced for the Phoenix Suns, MTV, Good Morning America, and Inside Edition. As if that weren't enough, she's also received the All Star award from the Universal Dance Association and been twice named a Lululemon Athletica Ambassador.
Kass could have kept racking up awards, but after 35 years of professional dancing, she knew it was time to share her talents with others. So she set to work developing innovative teaching methods such as the "yollet technique"?a combination of yoga, ballet, and yodeling?and Danzenergy, which blends a number of styles ranging from salsa to belly dancing. At LB Kass Dancebody Workout, Kass teaches these fitness-focused styles of dance along with classes just for kids.
The family-owned gym has rows of stationary bikes, ellipticals, and weight machines, but CIRIUS Fitness also makes room for the Cross Training Zone. This space, which extends into the parking lot during warmer months, looks nothing like a standard gym. Tires, battling ropes, medicine balls, punching bags?they all play a part in the high-intensity workout. Instead of repetitive pounding on the treadmill or lifts at a weight machine, cross-training constantly switches up fitness routines with the swing of a sledgehammer or thrust of a kettlebell, which keeps both muscles and minds engaged. For other dynamic workouts, guests can try one of the gym's other fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, or mixed martial arts.
The Kaiser Fit Club's staff doesn't have time to work out complicated contracts or membership schemes?they're too busy helping their clients get fit through dynamic, effective exercise classes. The team welcomes patrons of all fitness levels to its TRX suspension-training classes, in which students battle their body weights while dangling from resistance bands. Along the way, instructors mastermind modifications to match newcomers' abilities or target participants' personal goals. The fitness gurus complement their TRX-only sessions with fusion classes, which incorporate core-strengthening moves from Pilates or ballet-inspired barre-fitness exercises.
Equipment: Hudson Steel Co., Rogue, Concept 2, Star Trac, functional training equipment
Students should bring: Sneakers and comfortable workout clothing
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Have your goals and any restrictions in mind as we design a custom program for you.