At Yoga Monkey + Fitness, Aleasha Sholes and Angie Howard want all of their staff and students to behave like monkeys. The co-owners covet the animal's playful spirit, physical poise, and social nature, encouraging guests to embrace these qualities with a variety of classes. Whether they are leading Vinyasa yoga sequences or kickboxing jabs in their two workout studios, their constructive attitudes boost both moods and heart rates. They continuously strive to redefine each student's limits, though they never lose sight of the ideal balance among work, play, and meditation dream duels. Their health-care backgrounds—Aleasha was a nurse, and Angie devises wellness programs for independent and assisted-living facilities—give them the anatomical know-how to customize their programs based on different strength levels.
Venezuelan-born Cesar Acosta worked a slew of jobs—including in construction and a pizza restaurant—before finding his niche as a licensed Zumba fitness instructor. He and a staff of instructors guide students through over 20 fitness classes every week. Zumba and Zumba Toning—are set to catchy international beats. The studio also features another dance-oriented class called Back It Up, which includes modified dances from popular music videos with hip-hop and krump dance moves. Insanity, Pilates Barre, Piloxing, and PiYo round out the variety of sweat-inducing classes.
At Brickhouse Fitness, 11 trainers whip bodies into shape with nearly 125 classes that run from early morning to late evening. Strength and abs classes are designed to burn up to 600 calories per session. Six dance classes, including Zumba and pole dancing, keep pulses racing with upbeat music and lively exercise.
The certified instructors at Revel Fitness love teaching Zumba classes. They love it so much, in fact, that Revel Fitness is a nearly all-Zumba studio, offering easy-to-learn dance steps and exciting Latin rhythms in classes such as Zumba Toning, Hips and Abs, and Zumba Gold. Come in to burn calories and gain strength while dancing away a workout, and socialize with other students in these laid-back fitness sessions.
When Katie Groves headed to Marian University to study religious education and Spanish, she didn't leave her 17 years of dance experience behind. Instead, she decided to share her love of dance and fitness with others in her own Zumba classes. The junior in college cranks up thumping beats to set a dance-party tone for her energetic classes, which don't require dance experience or a set of glow sticks for fingers. Students of all fitness levels can follow her easy-to-follow choreography, as she clearly demonstrates the Latin-inspired moves and aerobic routines, which tone bodies and boost cardiovascular health.
In addition to dreaming up with fun events, such as a country-themed Zumba class, Katie has put her twinkle toes to work hosting a fundraiser for an animal rescue and sanctuary.
Certified golf fitness coach Chad Odaffer enlists the training strategies of the Titleist Performance Institute to build four-week workout programs designed to fit the fitness needs of each individual golfer. The personalized program begins with a 60-minute physical screening, during which Chad analyzes client golf swings while also examining underlying physical factors such as strength, flexibility, and ability to balance a kitchen chair on the chin. The assessment helps to pinpoint weaknesses and extrapolate the type of fitness that best suits swing mechanics.