Sharing studio space, Gorilla Fitness and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier imparts different fitness techniques to its students, with the ultimate goal of students carrying their teachings into their everyday lives. Over on the Gorilla side of things, personal trainers instruct exercisers in one-on-one sessions. The trainers put emphasis on working out the whole body instead of just quickly prepping clients for slinky summerwear, including focusing on habits and lifestyle. They see the human body as a machine that needs to be reprogrammed in order to see lasting results. Meanwhile, students at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier learn the Gracie style of martial arts, which gets bodies and minds to work together to affect change, just like a movie set in a high school gets rival cliques to work together to plan prom.
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.
Geaux CrossFit builds physical skills and delivers dramatic fitness results with CrossFit’s style of short, intense, and creative workouts. The CrossFit program whips fitness-forward men and women into optimal shape with a range of maximum-intensity, functional exercises, giving students the strength and confidence to stand up to the 5 year old who knocked over their sandcastle. Routines conjure sweat with pull-ups, crunches, and Terminator-esque powerlifting or build balance and coordination with basic gymnastics. Students will struggle up climbing ropes and demolish condemned buildings by swinging giant kettlebells into their crumbling foundations.
The mother-daughter owners of F.I.T. craft customized workouts and eating plans for ladies interested in bolstering their earthly edifice, employing the motivational tools of accountability and one-on-one attention. During three weekly personal-training sessions, they'll shepherd you through 25 minutes of heart-pumping cardio and 30 minutes of muscle-crunching strength training, progressing only when you're ready to. Meanwhile, nutritional know-it-alls construct food guides and offer recipes that cultivate healthy eating habits and fuel up bodies for training sessions much more effectively than gasoline-infused energy drinks. Newly-toned finger muscles can strut their stuff by scrawling in the fitness journal, an integral part of the program designed to help you identify breakthroughs and possible pitfalls by recording all of your meals, water intake, and workout stats. Progress is tracked according to inches and body fat lost, relying on hard, cold evidence rather than the mumbo jumbo of fat-cell psychologists and waistline mood rings.
Yoga Bliss elongates muscles and empowers equilibrium through a range of tailored stretching sessions, with several frequently offered course types and more than 35 sessions on the weekly schedule. The Ashtanga Primary Series, derived from meditative Hatha yoga, bolsters spiritual as well as spinal alignment, and hot yoga melts away stressors including toxins, muscle tension, and ice sculptures shaped like childhood bullies. Neophytes begin their evolution into veteran yogis with Basics seminars, and the gentle/restorative session's slow motions and measured breathing accommodate aspiring back-benders with injuries sustained during previous workouts or backyard wrestling matches. Students can stretch out on their own mat or rent one from the studio for an additional $2.
The fun, active group classes at Drew LeBlanc's Elite Fitness boost health and vigor under the guidance of friendly, professional trainers. Cardio workouts, such as calorie-crushing dance-based Zumba, maximize heart and lung efficiency, while the brawn-boosting Bodypump class turns everyday muscles into washboards, six-packs, and other useful household items. Diligent exercisers can fight the battle of the bulge with a weight-loss boot camp or learn to protect their neighborhoods from gangs of delinquent punching bags with kickboxing lessons. The modern fitness center also houses private shower facilities for postworkout de-salting.