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.
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.
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The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.