As a child, Sam Crosby looked forward to being left alone in the house. That's because her living room was her first judgment-free dance studio, where she practiced the moves that led her to become a Zumba instructor later in life. Though she initially taught a group of eight, her student base soon grew to include 75 people, prompting Sam to expand her dance-fitness repertoire. She researched several popular routines on DVD but was consistently unimpressed with the generic music in the background. To really motivate people, she reasoned, she would have to create her own classes, set to the songs that motivated her.
Uninhibited Fitness spans a wide spectrum of musical genres with its empowering curriculum. From the heavy-metal chords that guide martial-arts punches to the hip-hop beats beneath cardio drills, the songs encourage students to shimmy off all trepidation. Nightclub lighting showcases pole spins and Zumba steps on the studio's dance floor, where Sam recreates the liberated feel of her living-room performances without relying on an ottoman to lead.
Before he became a certified personal trainer in 2008, Daniel Cone served in the US Army for two years in an infantry division that specializes in parachute operations. Today, he uses his military training to lead boot-camp classes and personal-fitness programs at Xtreme Fitness. The indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes incorporate weight training and a range of exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, and shoulder dips. Daniel or another certified instructor performs individual body adjustments throughout the class and modifies exercises in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Xtreme Fitness enhances personal-fitness programs with cross training, fitness evaluations, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. For a more relaxing workout, clients can take a morning yoga class or do pushups during a bubble bath.
With its boxing ring, heavy bags, and padded floors, First Coast Full Contact looks like a traditional boxing gym. However, it strays from tradition with the family-oriented environment the trainers and students bring to the space. They hold classes in kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, and marital arts for students aged 5 and older. With an emphasis on fitness as well as self-defense, many classes burn up to 800 calories per session. To complement the workouts classes offer, the gym is furnished with a variety of exercise machines and a fully equipped weight room.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
With locations spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, iLoveKickboxing.com has trimmed the waistlines of thousands of members while bolstering their confidence levels with engaging and varied total-body workouts. The program blends kickboxing techniques into a fat-burning, muscle-toning, and endurance-enhancing regimen. Limbs warm up with a quick jog before taking down imaginary opponents with a set of practice kicks and punches to drive home proper technique. The pummeling then switches to the one of many freestanding heavy bags, and incorporates ducking and weaving to boost heart rates. Teamwork drills help members tone up while cultivating camaraderie, which could lead to a partnership inspiring future buddy-cop-movie sensations.