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.
At Freedom Fitness & Dance, experienced instructors lead groups through a suite of lively Zumba workouts. In basic Zumba sessions, set to invigorating Latin rhythms, teachers strive to make the accessible workout feel as entertaining as a dance party. The thumping beats get hearts pumping as clients perform Zumba's simple, energetic movements. Like most perpetual-motion machines, kids power Zumbatomic classes, which are available for boys and girls between 4 and 12. Besides its regularly scheduled classes, Freedom Fitness opens its dance floor for birthday parties, girls' nights out, and "just because" parties.
Aspen Athletic Club furnishes workers out with weight and resistance machines for bulking up and a spin room for burning calories and raising heart rates. Group classes at the Aksarben and Shadow Lake locations let pupils choose from five different exercise types, from choreographed cardio sessions to yoga classes that challenge both the body and the mind. The Turbo Kick class sets kickboxing techniques to up-tempo music, and students of The Tone Zone session build muscle using dumbbells, stability balls, and disobedient wolfhounds tied to their arms. Class schedules run from morning to night, Monday–Saturday, allowing students to fit workouts into busy schedules. During the 50-minute personal-training session, members meet with trainers in order to fashion fitness plans customized to meet individual goals and the state's stringent requirements for collecting lotto winnings. After working out, exercisers retire to stress-melting steam baths before changing in pristine locker rooms.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The professionals at Infinity Wellness work hard to bolster every aspect of their clients’ health. Physical therapists help achy patients get back to their old selves through exercises that tackle range of motion, flexibility, and mobility. Meanwhile, personal trainers guide clients through custom workouts to achieve their fitness goals and group classes—such as yoga, Zumba, and cycling—help people burn calories while bonding with other participants’ puppeteers. A registered dietitian reshapes clients’ diets with a food and supplement makeover that boosts energy levels and helps clients drop pounds.
At Right Fit, fitness expert Patique Collins helps her clients burn fat as they build lean, healthy muscle tone. Seven days a week, seasoned trainers lead students in activities that build a strong, sleek physique, from kickboxing and upper-body workouts, to ab exercises and Zumba dance-cardio.