At Calta's 24/7 Fitness Clubs, members can work out at any time of day, seven days a week. Instructors at the 24/7 gym also lead group cardio-fitness classes, and personal trainers help clients observe correct form while lifting weights or using machines.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
CrossFit Sparta's recipe for fitness includes equal parts intense cardio and forceful lifting. The results-minded instructors shout this recipe at students during CrossFit strength and conditioning classes that feature a workout of the day and CrossFight classes that combine martial arts, self-defense, and survival skills. Though the high-intensity workouts were designed to train military personnel and police, they can be customized to the individual fitness level of men and women alike. The ever-shifting exercise regime incorporates an array of conventional and creative workout tools, including free weights, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump boxes, and oversized tires from Paul Bunyan's childhood swing.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
The Wellness Center's commitment to health extends to areas as diverse as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and group fitness classes. Under the guidance of a team of chiropractic doctors and acupuncturists, the staff combats muscle and joint pain, stress, and other health problems through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and 14 types of massages. Fitness programs, meanwhile, range from hatha yoga classes to outdoor boot-camp exercises that use tractor tires as fitness equipment, instead of traditional strength-training tools like dumbbells and industrial-size pickle jars.
Beyond what its name might suggest, Buttercup Pole Dance revels in all aspects of the hip-swiveling arts. Naturally, a highlight of the business is the pole-dance program, which is supervised by owner, competitive pole-dancer, and certified fitness instructor Sarah Jade. These classes are structured to accommodate all levels of pole-dance enthusiasts, from the uninitiated to the advanced—introductory sessions acquaint beginners with spins, transitions, and grip techniques, while four-week session classes are grouped by level to graduate students from basic routines to upside-down inversions.
For a more portable pastime, the center teams up with Michelle Garner, owner of Happy2BHooping LLC, who calls on her background in belly dancing and her Hoola-Fit trainer license to lead students through artistic and heart-pumping hula-hoop fitness routines. The center also brings out students’ inner vixens in sultry chair-dance and exotic-dance choreography, along with stimulating sweat glands and dancing shoes in Latin-inspired Zumba classes.
Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.