While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
After teaching foreign languages and working as a sales rep, Alice Abrams realized that the biggest constant in her life—exercise—should be her next career move. Her 16 years of Pilates training prompted her to open Pilates of Boynton Beach, where she mans classes alongside her daughter, Elyssa Zion, and a squad of certified instructors. The curriculum shapes lean bodies with a variety of stretching and dance techniques. Mat and equipment Pilates work alongside Xtend Barre lessons to stretch muscles while improving posture, and Zumba classes incorporate festive music to fuel cardio choreography. All sessions, whether group or private, are meant to accommodate students of any skill level so long as they bring a permission slip signed by each vertebra.
The functional rig in the middle of CrossFit Boynton Beach's bare-bones gym looks a little like a jungle gym. That's appropriate, because the facility's certified coaches lead classes that are a little like play time. Their charges swing from gymnastics rings, shimmy up ropes, throw medicine balls around, and run while pushing weighted sleds. They choose these kinds of exercises because they require everyday motions, and perfecting those motions preps for all physical activity. The movements also enhance all 10 elements of fitness, including strength, agility, and speed. It's a well-rounded system, and one of the main reasons they subscribe to it. Another reason is its adaptability, allowing them to scale routines to the abilities of all ages and fitness levels.
East Coast Flames All Stars readies boys and girls aged 3 and older for competitive cheerleading. After sharpening their skills, every kid who tries out gets a spot on a team to learn cheer skills. A summer camp preps team members for the competitive season, and routines begin in the fall.
Powerhouse Gym escorts its members toward healthier lifestyles with comprehensive memberships and a cavalcade of meticulously maintained equipment. More than newly installed 50 cardio machines volunteer to put legs through their paces as users utilize theater remotes to control one of seven different televisions. A neatly aligned contingent of benches, dumbbells, and racks populate the spacious free-weight area, and competitive guests can work up a sweat or settle disputes the way Congress does with intense games of racquetball. To shed calories among fitness confidants, slide into an expert-led group class such as yoga, Zumba, or cardio kickboxing. Additionally, two 30-minute sessions with a certified personal trainer help facilitate positive results with an in-depth review of individual goals. After determining each guest's needs and level of fitness, trainers can begin to coax fit forms from their subcutaneous hideaways with motivating workouts and softly hummed Rocky themes.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.