Founded by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett in 1969, Jazzercise and the network that it formed has mushroomed into more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 weekly classes in 32 countries. Much like the opening arguments in any trial, every 60-minute session begins with a gentle warm-up to limber up limbs before jumping into an easy-to-follow aerobic-dance routine. Moves blend elements of jazz dance with kickboxing and the core toning elements of Pilates and yoga. Top 40 hits, jazz, country, funk, rock, blues and hip-hop pluck at brain strings to get bodies energized as sessions transition into a muscle-toning segment performed with dumbbells. Workouts conclude with a stretch and cooldown.
The Ice Cream Social is so much more than the name implies. Though the adjoining restaurant fuels kids and adults with Dole soft-serve ice cream, Pizza Man pies, and healthy snacks, the family fun center draped in colorful wall murals encourages children to let their imaginations run wild. Kids play with toys in the main playroom or partake in weekly activities, such as kids' karaoke and movie nights, in the events room. The Eagle River space also plays host to birthday parties and summer camps, and tots and grownups alike can learn a variety of dance style during its classes.
Above a wall-spanning mirror, All Life is Yoga clearly displays its key instruction for its clientele: "Breathe." With this focus on optimizing the respiratory process, patient instructors teach students to breathe, stretch, and pose their way to healthier bodies during different styles of yoga classes: hot yoga, kids’ yoga, restorative/prenatal yoga, active (Vinyasa) yoga, and meditation-based sessions. Circuit-training classes round out the schedule and work both minor and major muscle groups via a series of one-minute intervals.
A self-defense system designed for close-quarter combat, krav maga can be used by people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. During classes and seminars, the instructors at Israeli Krav Maga Alaska focus on speed, simplicity, adaptability, and mental conditioning to prepare their students to react quickly and efficiently when presented with dangerous situations. Learn more about the six pillars of krav maga training here.
Urban Zen Yoga Studio helps gym-goers hone their flexibility, mental clarity, and core strength with a slew of yoga classes. In basic yoga classes, students nail down alignment, breath control, and postures, many of which can be performed with variations. Then, they can move onto more challenging styles, such as hot Vinyasa. In a studio set to 95 degrees––or about 308 Kelvin––they follow a tough series of poses inspired by Bikram, ashtanga, and kundalini yoga.
Inner Dance lavishes bodies with an extensive schedule of yoga classes varied by difficulty and intensity. With a minimum of 200 hours of training, teachers guide exercisers through hatha yoga poses, which harmonize movement, breath, meditation, and alignment like a ball of play-doh in the Dalai Lama's palms. The Introduction to Yoga class embraces beginners through a comfortably paced session that focuses on holding basic poses. Energetic YogaFlow routines unfold inside a warm room resonating with music, whereas the Fusion class tightens physiques with deep backbends and hand balances. Specialty classes such as Yoga for Pregnancy help relieve muscles pains and improve circulation to reduce swelling caused by precocious baby yogis. Class lengths vary depending on the instructor, and students are welcome to use Inner Dance's yoga mats and necessary props.