LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.
At Pain Relief Centers, chiropractors work to alleviate pain and enhance their patients’ well-being or maintain their good health using personalized treatment plans. The team specializes in treating aches associated with fibromyalgia, sympathetic dystrophy, spinal misalignment, and joint inflammation and stiffness.
Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
At About Face Bootcamp, the trainers have all gone through their own fitness struggles, allowing them to sympathize with each student as they help them transform their external and internal image. About Face's various boot camps meet at locations all around Charlotte and cover distinct disciplines of fitness. Weekend Warrior classes involve Zumba training and cardio drills, and Powder Puff boot camps tackle a new workout every day and include obstacle courses, nutrition advice, and cardio and strength training.
At Karate Evolution, students undergo a kind of metamorphosis. Under the watchful eye of instructor Mike Rhoads, kids who were once shy and unfocused gain life skills directly related to the Japanese fighting system's disciplined practice. From learning how to defend and assert themselves to gaining focus and accountability, students gain valuable intangible skills that go hand-in-hand with greater fitness and health. By the end of the program, children will not only have developed physical skills that will stay with them for life, but they will also be trained to attain the confidence and attitude necessary for success in all of life's arenas.
The first time Jon Walker climbed into a saddle, he was a mere 5 years old. More than 35 years later, he and his wife, Carolyn?also an avid equestrian from a young age?share their passion for riding with students at Jon Walker Stables & Riding Academy Inc. Largely focused on English riding, the trainers lead private and group lessons for eager equestrians aged 3 and up. Across their more than 15-acre parcel, two barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, and trails welcome horses and their riders to trot, canter, and gallop year-round.