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 500 calories with each go-round.
When instructors crank up the heat to 80 degrees or more at Studio Hot Yoga & Wellness, they aren't trying to chase practitioners away. In fact, they want to pull students deeper into the group yoga classes. Not only do the balmy temperatures loosen muscles and increase blood flow, but the warm conditions help yoga practitioners channel their focus internally to discover wellness within. Certified instructors lead the classes in a contemporary studio outfitted with zebra yoga flooring and radiant heating systems that also support non-yoga workouts such as ?Strengthen and Lengthen.?
Students of all levels can augment their workouts with personal training sessions. Beyond fitness classes, the staff also promotes overall wellness through personalized nutrition programs. Nationally certified trainers provide a variety of services such as in-home cooking classes and personal grocery shopping, picking out healthy snacks instead of bulk orders of candy bars.
The fitness instructors at Studio SWE keep their classes accessible and fun. They welcome clients of all experience levels into group classes such as Zumba, core work, and boot camps, which incorporate kettlebell exercises and just the perfect amount of blinking. On select nights, the studio transforms into a party venue for line dancing classes.
Though the process of becoming a yoga teacher involves memorizing sanskrit and learning the roots and traditions of yoga, the best teachers manage to insert their own personality and teaching style into their classes. So when Michelle Ann Thielen founded Northwest Yoga Academy, she designed a teacher training that aims to help budding instructors find that sweet spot between honoring the long tradition of yoga and empowering teachers to develop their own teaching style. The school's instructors lead students through the 200- and 500-hour certification courses, as well as shorter workshops that focus on building solid foundations for a deeper yoga practice. But no matter the training, Michelle and her team work to make sure students find wholeness in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Studio SWE doesn't just boast a flexible schedule of class times; it also promises a fun workout to fit every taste. For the dancer—novice or expert—Zumba classes offer a chance to show off moves and shed calories, as do line-dancing classes each Friday. For the exerciser who prefers a back-to-basics approach, a six-week course of Boot Camp Fuze and Kettlebell Blast keeps bodies moving and energy high. There are also weekly core-focused classes and Mixxedfit for the easily bored.