Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
Inside a studio heated 95?100 degrees, students sweat out their doubts as they flow through a set of 26 interconnected poses that unlock their inner potential. While a scene like this may seem ripped from the comics, the secret training regimen of an elite fighting force, it?s just business as usual for the trainers at Hot Yoga and Wellness Center Kennesaw. Leading four to five 60- to 90-minute classes each day, instructors tap into time-tested Eastern techniques that enhance flexibility, improve circulation, and flush toxins. After class, guests can savor a tea or espresso in the lobby while browsing the facility?s stock of nutritional supplements, which use natural materials to bolster bodies more effectively than a treadmill made entirely out of apple cores.
The founder of Premier Workouts, certified trainer Prince Wilson, is determined to help his clients feel the excitement that comes with transforming their bodies into their most fit, athletic selves. Passionate about motivating, encouraging, and pushing people to change their lives and exceed what they thought they could do, Prince Wilson offers intense one-on-one personal training sessions, small group training, boot camp classes, and fat-shredding ab classes. In each session, he combines strength training with cardio moves, helping clients burn fat and build muscle quicker than they might be able to if working out alone or with a friendly tortoise.
Shannon Gosk has a license to dance. In her Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Zumbatomic sessions, she guides her fitness students towards better bodies in a fun atmosphere. Her high-energy cardio classes use dance moves to shape the body, shimmying guests through intermittent rhythms that act as interval training. Unlike fitness classes that urge movement by releasing packs of hungry ferrets, Shannon’s classes often blend gyrating, pelvic circling, and hip shaking maneuvers to create a total-body workout. To keep abreast of prevailing fitness knowledge, she attends various Zumba conventions, and even got the change to meet Beto Perez, the founder of Zumba.
Inspire Fitness’s owner, Deron Singh, is an ACE- and NASM-certified personal trainer who works to help his clients overcome their own limitations and achieve results. In personal-training and boot-camp sessions, he guides clients through a variety of exercises such as weight lifting and bodyweight exercise designed to help tone muscles, burn fat, and improve stamina and flexibility. Deron backs his 30-day specialized training and nutrition program with a money-back guarantee—if clients aren’t satisfied with their results, he promises to refund them and let them keep their customized nutrition plans.
At Karate Atlanta, students as young as 4 develop physical coordination and build deep stores of self-confidence during Tiny Tigers and Juniors classes.?Once they've graduated to adult classes, students aged 13 and older learn to protect themselves through ancient martial-arts?techniques.?All classes take place in a?safe,?positive learning environment, and the school even offers specialty programs that focus on goals such as dealing with bullying or developing awareness of strangers.?