Inside Rock Fitness’s recently constructed 20,000-square-foot facility, jagged and slanted walls brandish holds that climbers uses to scale upward while attached to safety harnesses. The indoor rock-climbing course features surfaces for low-altitude bouldering and roped routes that ensure safe climbing all the way to tops of Rock Fitness’s towering walls. Special packages for beginners include belay lessons, day passes, and all the necessary rental equipment, such as harnesses, chalk bags, and belaying devices. The facility, which is open 24 hours a day, also houses a basketball and volleyball gym and hosts a variety of fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing.
Dede Barbanti is a go-getter. The former professional choreographer and dance director found herself a single mother of three and weighing more than she wanted. So she dove head-first into researching fitness and created her own workout, Boogie Box, which combines cardio and strength training during sports-endurance drills, martial arts, latin and hip-hop dance, plyometrics, and resistance-training exercises. A 70-pound loss in fewer than seven months put Dede back on the right track, along with a strong urge to share her success with the masses. She's developed more workouts, and even released a DVD that follows a 90-day workout program. At Boogie Box Fitness, students find a supportive environment as they blast through Dede’s workouts, burning calories without gym equipment.
Yamashita Karate Studios is a traditional Okinawan karate studio that welcomes students of all ages and ability levels to learn karate under its experienced instructors. At the family style dojo, the instructors bring more than 30 years of experience and focus on respect, self-discipline, and enhanced confidence, allowing students to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. The studio offers a variety of martial-arts and fitness classes, from karate for kids and adults to weapons training and sparring.
At Intensity All Stars, experienced coaches impart knowledge on young athletes. In a training facility that's equally as professional, these trainers help Intensity athletes hone techniques. To explore a new passion without the competition, students enroll in more casual classes, like tumbling, dance, and parkour. Intensity boasts US All Star Federation credentials, a first-aid-certified staff, and its own pro shop, but many simply appreciate the way it stokes students' interests, fitness, and self-confidence.
951 Fitness was established as a way to motivate others to get in shape in a welcoming and supportive environment, with over 15 class times to choose from that include boot camp, functional training, spin, Zumba, bag boxing, and TRX. During the professionally-coached training programs, boot-camp classes, and personal-training sessions, trainers with over 18 years of experience encourage participants to eat more nutritiously and suggests ways to incorporate fitness into their everyday lives, such as bench-pressing stacks of Excel spreadsheets.
As a personal trainer, Veronica helps others attain their fitness goals with 45-minute workouts. These sessions incorporate both cardiovascular exercises and weightlifting routines that burn fat and build muscle. In addition to sculpting her clients' physiques, Veronica leads by example, flaunting chiseled abs and the Venus de Milo's missing arms.