Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The 18,000 square foot facility at Hermitage Fitness houses Hammer Strength training equipment, a lap pool, and classes that range from Zumba to water aerobics. Inside the fitness center, exercisers can hit the ground running at an indoor track or pedal away on rows of cardio machines.
At the age of three, an age when most kids are honing their recipe for Play-Doh spaghetti, Danika Miles was perfecting her dance moves. She competed with the River Cities Dance Company, minored in dance at Marshall University, and went on to earn an MBA so that she could share her passion with others. Finally, she founded BareFeet Studios, a facility with two dance spaces and sprung-wood floors. Within BareFeet, Danika and fellow instructors lead student?as young as three to adults?in dance forms such as ballet, hip-hop, and tap. They also offer open-level yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and fitness boot camps.
Students with years of experience can audition for BareFeet Studios' senior company, which performs at benefits, charity events, and conventions with other professional dance companies. The studio additionally hosts an annual spring concert, birthday parties, and private lessons.
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Energetic music pulses through the room as a crowd moves to the beat. But this isn’t a nightclub—it’s a workout. At BeYoutiful Zumba, certified instructors Suzy and Stephanie help participants party their way to their fitness goals. They lead their guests in easy-to-follow Latin dance moves set to infectious international beats, boosting endurance, energy, and metabolism.
Renee's Groove Room welcomes guests of all fitness levels to partake in upbeat Zumba dance classes, Vinyasa-flow-yoga sessions, and kickboxing and fitness classes. Without burdensome membership fees or long-term contracts, visitors are free to drop in for classes of their choosing.