After noticing that the local community lacked effective fitness regimens that encouraged women have fun and learn new skills, Anne Reed started Pole Pro with Charlotte Newton. To offer an enjoyable, judgment-free alternative to the traditional workout class, the duo created a program that blends exotic dance with elements from gymnastics, yoga, and Pilates. Since opening, they've assembled a team of professionally trained teachers who all have backgrounds in dance, fitness, or pole husbandry and who are certified in first aid and CPR. Anne and Charlotte continually evaluate their staffers to ensure that they persistently espouse quality instruction.
As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.
Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Students walk out of Body In Motion just a little bit taller than when they came in. The studio’s classes—Pilates and Xtend Barre—serve to tone and lengthen muscles for a stronger, sleeker physique. Instructors teach two styles of Pilates: mat classes, which rely on gravity to turn bodies into their own weight machine. In apparatus classes, students perform moves with the famed Pilates tower adding an extra challenge, like solving a Rubik’s Cube while defending yourself against a bear attack. Both classes rely on precise, repetitive motions to tone the core and make the spine more pliable and resistant to injury. Similarly, Xtend Barre classes blend Pilates moves with cardio dance steps and sculpting exercises. All classes scale to accommodate and challenge students of all skill levels. For a completely customized workout, clients can also opt to enlist in personal training.
At Crescent City Boxing, one-hour workouts torch up to 1,000 calories. Led by professional fighters, each session incorporates fundamental boxing moves that help relieve stress and increase strength in beginning through advanced students. Pupils practice their jabs and kicks on more than 20 bags inside the 3,000-square-foot gym, which reserves a 2,500-square-foot matted area for jiu-jitsu and karate classes. Those sessions are Crescent City's most demanding, culminating in mixed-martial-arts workouts inside a bag-equipped cage. One-on-one training is available, though instructors keep their group classes small so every student receives personal attention.