While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
At BryanLGH LifePointe, cutting-edge technology and holistic healing go hand-in-hand in a quest to make each client feel healthy, rejuvenated, and confident in their appearance. A skincare expert and certified physician for 14 years, Dr. Julie Waddell oversees the medical spa, where nonsurgical and minimally invasive services such as dermal fillers and Fraxel laser treatments help correct acne and premature aging. Dr. Waddell and her aestheticians also offer a free VISIA complexion analysis, which uses multispectral imaging to create a printed report that details your skin's defining characteristics, including its texture, tone, and level of sun damage compared to other faces in your age group. Those looking for a softer approach to aesthetic upkeep can shed dulling skin with body scrubs made from Hawaiian brown sugar or sea salts infused with lavender essential oil. Massage therapists employ smooth, heated basalt stones or aromatherapy heat-packs to melt aches from muscles, or enjoy as stress surrenders itself in the soothing waters of whirlpools and saunas, peacefully tucked away inside the main locker rooms.
Owned by certified personal trainer and elite martial artist Mike Bevard, Capital City Fitness Boot Camps combines intense interval-training workouts and nutritional wisdom to lean out physiques. During each of his boot-camp programs, he fortifies muscles with three weeks of 45-minute classes before letting them take some time off from working out and surreptitiously flexing in the mirror during a one-week rest period. The classes—grouped into themes that include strength training, core work, and kickboxing—channel positive reinforcement to drive home the advice of expert instructors.
Along with metabolism-boosting drills, custom meal plans steer clients toward more healthful eating habits. The camps' overarching goal is long-term wellness, and to that end, its staff has organized online resources, such as home exercises, to help prevent patrons from regaining lost weight. Specialty services can also augment fitness regimens, and include bridal-party boot camps, boot-camp charity fundraisers, and semiprivate personal-training sessions.
Certified trainer Amy Schlichting, the founder of ACE Coaching, LLC wanted to create a supportive environment in which women could get fit while gaining an insight into the science of wellness, thus, ACE Fitness Studio was born. Here, Amy draws from her extensive training in weight management and exercise sciences, leading fitness classes and educating patrons with weekly fitness e-tips and monthly newsletters. She pushes ladies to sweat and boost their strength in Turbo Kick and boot-camp sessions, empowering them to take control of their health. Amy also works with clients one on one in personal-training sessions, in which she devises custom fitness plans supplemented by nutritional-consulting services. Amy can also make getting fit more convenient and comfortable by coming to her clients. She leads workouts in her patrons’ homes, nearby parks, or quicksand pits (which provide extra resistance).
Fit4Lincoln packs its schedule with small-group exercise classes that burn calories and build muscle. A martial-arts specialist from the U.S. Marines leads the 45-minute kickboxing sessions, which impart self-defense strategies while inducing sweat with punching, kicking, and timed multiplication-table drills. Yoga classes demonstrate poses that cultivate strength and flexibility, and the Butts & Guts session shrinks and solidifies abdomens and glutes with squats, lunges, and plyometrics.
Instead of handing clients lightning rods, Fit4Lincoln raises energy levels and torches fat by equipping clients with nutrition tips. During one-on-one meetings, the studio’s personal trainers devise specific workout goals and an action plan for achieving them.
Total Body Infusion owner Kim Martin knows firsthand how sticking to a regular exercise regimen can pay off. Over the course of three years, Kim jettisoned more than 100 pounds with a healthy diet and rigorous workouts. Now as a certified Zumba instructor, she fills her Zumba dance card with clients looking for the same transformation. Kim and her team of certified instructors lead dance-infused exercise classes that sculpt physiques in a festive atmosphere that is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys without the necessary cleanup.