The experienced fancy footers at Arthur Murray instruct pupils in the art of coordinated rhythmic motion in 13 styles, ranging from the foxtrot to the mambo. During group lessons, sashaying students learn dance patterns and techniques to lead or follow steps through elegant waltzes, marching merengues, and shock-inducing electric slides. Sessions are tailored for all skill levels from experienced toe tappers to those with little or no dance experience. In each class, steppers pair up with classmates of their skill level to practice perfecting rhythm, movement, choreographed footwork, and synchronized blinking. Dance-persuasions change daily and weekly, providing toes ample variety throughout the monthly calendar.
Personal trainers Matt and Emily Hecker teach clients how to sculpt and strengthen their bodies using cardio, resistance training, and nutritional plans. The team of trainers—including a former Marine and a professional gymnast—lead one-on-one training sessions and small-group weight training, soothing yoga, or invigorating kettlebell classes .
The kettlebell workout, one of the trainers’ specialties, traces its origins to Russia, where for 350 years the round weight with its sturdy handle has been used to build functional strength and flexibility. At Hecker’s Fitness, teachers lead dedicated, supportive groups of students as they tone their cores and condition their muscles through this time-tested workout.
Though Perfekt Fit is an intimate studio, it houses an impressive and diverse selection of fitness classes. Sunlight pours through its lofty windows as trainers motivate students to pedal furiously atop stationary cycles. During other classes, students twist into yoga poses, dance to energetic Latin-inspired Zumba routines, or work their abs in pilates atop the glossy hardwood floor. Groups line up along ballet barres during innovative barre classes, practicing traditional ballet exercises to strengthen muscles and improve coordination. The studio's expert trainers also offer private training sessions, where they work with students individually to accommodate unique fitness goals and overcome restrictive issues, from recovering from injuries to coaxing a stubborn tarantula out of their gym sneakers.
Pilates Wellness Studio's owner, Tobie Hall loves exercise and meeting new friends. So it's no wonder that at her studio she and her team of experienced instructors focus on creating a fun, friendly environment where people can exercise safely and comfortably. Students here are motivated by good health, personal challenges, and developing core strength, whether it's through Pilates or yoga mat classes, or Pilates Reformer sessions. Massage therapy and specially designed Pilates programs for individuals living with multiple sclerosis are also offered at the studio.
Inside Simply Yoga, LLC's studio, polished hardwood floors and a spa-like changing room create an inviting space for beginners, postpartum moms, and seasoned pupils looking to further their yoga practice. Studio owner and registered yoga teacher Abby Houtman honed her yogic skills and teaching abilities under such renowned yogis as Bikram Choudhury and Seane Corn. Abby and her team of attentive instructors share their passion for the ancient practice during sessions that center the mind and heal the body, including prenatal yoga, which fosters a supportive community of new moms who work to tone and relax their bodies while soothing little ones with delicate massage. General yoga classes come in gentle, moderate, and vigorous varieties, challenging students of every skill level with poses tailored to their experience, including deep, restorative stretches, strengthening balances, and sticky-mat origami.
Both visibly and behind the scenes, Z Fit Club stands for the strength of community. Its group classes build camaraderie between participants who dance, weightlift, and stretch for their wellness goals, whether they hope to drop pounds or tone muscle. Certified instructors keep their students engaged with constantly varied routines; their curriculum includes Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and Body Blast sessions, held at spacious churches and the Stonegate Meeting House. As for the club's out-of-class community benefits, much of its proceeds are donated toward local fundraisers, such as efforts to aid special needs families or buy new uniforms for area teams.
The certified fitness trainers at KS Platinum Sports Performance have one goal: to train each person who enters their gym to reach their full fitness potential. They helm programs tailored to whipping athletes into shape that focus on honing their bodies for their specific athletic endeavor, whether it be golfing, playing football, or participating in a hot-dog-eating contest. In group boot-camp-style classes and one-on-one training sessions, they motivate nonathletes to build their overall strength and shed pounds. The trainers strive to cultivate an environment of friendly competition among their charges, touting the proverb, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."