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 two-time 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 up to 600 calories with each go-round.
The no-frills style of workouts adopted by the trainers at Combat CrossFit / Northland Strength and Conditioning perhaps stems from the fact that the business's founders first operated out of their garage. But even though the workouts are raw, they still have something for everyone. Today, in their expansive, unadorned, warehouse-style gym space, the coaches prepare first-timers with four 45-minute fundamentals classes that give students a grounding in the CrossFit philosophy while showing them proper exercise technique and how to avoid injury.
After students complete the fundamentals courses, they move on to the main CrossFit classes. Daily CrossFit routines involve a warm up and workout of the day, which the trainers constantly change to keep fresh, much like milk or opinions on whether pugs are cute.
When members of Eagle Fitness Health club work out on the treadmills, Life Fitness and Precor elliptical trainers, and other cardio equipment, they don’t have to worry about not liking what’s on the gym’s flat-screen TVs. Each machine has its own Cardio Theater equipment, so exercisers can watch whatever they’d like. It’s perks like these that make working out more convenient and enjoyable at Eagle Fitness Health Club.
The instructors also lead group exercise classes, including Body Sculpt barbell workouts, yoga, and Zumba dance aerobics infused with kickboxing. For a dose of one-on-one attention, the personal trainers tailor each workout to help their clients meet their fitness goals—whether they want to lose weight or finally beat their left arms at arm wrestling—and supplement exercise with nutritional guidance.
A beverage stand loaded with protein drinks and protein bars helps patrons recover after intense workouts. Wee ones can run rampant in the supervised kids’ club area, which is decked out in colorful murals and a playhouse to entertain tykes as their guardians exercise or work on a bronze in Level I, II, and II tanning beds.
NKC CrossFit's dedicated coaches lead students through intense, constantly varied functional movements, which build cardiovascular and respiratory endurance as well as strength. Coaches strive to help each client surpass their personal best during workouts that change daily, which may include exercises such as lunges, weightlifting, or opening pickle jars using only your teeth.
Though the CrossFit program is well known for its intense exercises, NKC’s coaches ensure that no participant gets left behind. They help each client slowly build up their strength and skills, and thoroughly explain each workout to avoid injuries. They also bolster the effects of their training programs with nutritional counseling, keeping clients from backsliding into old, unhealthy habits.
Steele Gym & Fitness provides new equipment arranged neatly for aesthetic pleasantness, ease of operation, and in alphabetical order and order of invention, which are coincidentally the same. The gym houses more than 150 stations providing state-of-the-art plate-loading equipment, dumbbells, barbells, cowbells, cardio machines, and more. See where you measure up against the available 20,000 plus pounds of liftable weight, or take a picture of yourself at the Olympic dead-lift station.
RAW Fitness co-owners John Jackson and Dani Guerrero understand the challenges of losing weight, as both had struggled with obesity. But through hard work and training, they lost the weight and got in shape, and they hope to help others do the same in a workout space that is a far cry from traditional. Their boot-camp classes forgo treadmills, machines, and mirrors in favor of high-intensity interval training and lifting and moving objects such as giant tires, enabling exercisers to serve on monster-truck-race pit crews.
“Dancing can totally change a relationship—I’ve seen it a hundred times,” says Miranda Irving, a lifelong dancer and founder of Best Of All Dance. “The man gets to be a man again [by leading], and the woman gets to be a damsel swept off her feet.” Irving met her own husband as he taught her ballroom dancing more than two decades ago. Today she and her team of expert instructors help couples work together on the floor as they lead, follow, twirl, and revel in the music during introductory sessions, where basic steps give way to advanced styles such as East Coast swing, salsa, and foxtrot. The studio’s roster of lively fitness classes combines all-out exertion with energetic dance moves, from Latin-tinged Zumba to Bootie Blast sessions, where choreographed routines elicit sweat while groups of about 10¬–25 students memorize moves to hip-hop music and hits from artists such as Janet Jackson to combine music and exercise better than a jog on a human-size turntable.