Barb, Debbie, and Anita help ladies feel and look their best from the inside out at Fitness Spa, sticking to the spa's stated goal of producing "healthy bodies, strong friendships, and happy spirits!" A springy, joint-friendly floor hosts about a dozen fitness classes a week, including perennial favorites such as Zumba and Pilates. An instructor with personal training experience or official Zumba certifications oversees each sessions, providing expert advice and motivation to students of all ability levels. If muscles are sore after a class, students can unwind in the soothing embrace of a thermal body wrap. In addition to promoting healthy insides, Fitness Spa also values healthy-looking outsides; the spa's own organic spray tan solution helps show off newly toned limbs.
At GL Dance Fitness, working out is often a form of cross-cultural exchange. As Latin-inspired music from around the globe reverberates in the studio, instructors lead students through high-energy dance moves that draw inspiration from salsa, belly dancing, and merengue. Specialty classes tweak the formula, slowing things down a bit during Zumba Gold, adding a strength-building element with small weights during Zumba Toning, and introducing students to man’s first best friend—the chair—during Zumba Sentao. Kids also get their groove on during six-week Zumbatomic sessions that utilize tot-appropriate beats to boost metabolisms and encourage the confidence necessary to excel on math tests and beat back bullies with nothing more than a perfectly executed musical number.
Upon first meeting Melinda Johnson Gamble, it might be hard to believe that she has six grandchildren. Lithe and energetic, she has been in the fitness game for 16 years and takes pride in creating unintimidating environments for students of all fitness levels. Melinda and her team of expert instructors offer personal training, women-only boot camps, and three-week boot camps.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, Troy Weights
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, yoga mat, gloves, etc.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Ricky Moore, the owner of American Fitness Center and a former member of the Royal Air Force in England, believes that everyone has the potential to be in great shape, but doesn't necessarily know where to start. The former competitive body builder often sees people making the mistakes of "improper technique, lack of discipline, shying away from strength training, and only focusing on cardio equipment."
Thus, he and his staff of trainers are onsite from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 24/7 facility to help clients of all fitness levels figure out exactly what they need to do to lose weight and sculpt muscles, to see them through any frustrating times. In addition to showing gym members how to get the most from the center's equipment and giving them nutrition tips, they run personal-training sessions, boot-camp classes, circuit-training sessions, and specialized workouts for abs, glutes, expectant mothers, or future brides.
Sharika Murrell, the workout diva behind Workout Diva Fitness, draws on her experience as a US Navy veteran and fitness leader and instructor at her gym. Murrell and her staff of personal trainers build healthy exercise and nutrition programs for their clients, including Zumba, boot-camp, and circuit-training workouts.