As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
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.
With decades of martial-arts experience between them, sensei Mike Mackintosh and master John Ralph Shihan have mastered combat techniques from all over the world. In their own classes, they teach a form that makes use of a variety of styles. Known as Kojukai, the eclectic technique borrows from a variety of training styles: judo, muay thai, karate, and the Israeli system of Haganah. The instructors introduce children and adults to techniques from each of these disciplines, leading pupils through striking, throwing, and defensive maneuvers while practicing real-world scenarios.