Strength. Grace. Flexibility. These are words most often associated with ballet, but they can also be seamlessly applied to the art of pole dancing. At the Best Shape of Your Life private studio, instructors whip ladies of all sizes into shape through body-toning and confidence-enhancing pole-dancing techniques. As students shimmy up poles and perform aerial tricks, they work toward slimmer physiques, toned muscles, and increased flexibility. When not conducting classes, the staff opens their studio for private parties, bridal parties, and tightly knit juries, allowing friends to gather over drinks and pole-dancing instruction.
The bright, modern ABSolutely Fit Center facility is staffed by a team of certified fitness professionals who keep themselves busy throughout the day by leading personal-training sessions and aerobics classes. The staff’s expert coaches oversee boxing and kickboxing-infused workouts, whereas its seasoned dance instructors guide students through forms and techniques in Latin, ballroom, and swing dancing classes. When they aren’t conducting classes, staffers stand by to offer clients assistance with the gym’s extensive selection of advanced exercise equipment, including free weights, rowing machines, and ellipticals.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
A flying, fiery heart emblem above the front door of Hart Yoga recalls a stylized tattoo, conveying the studio's sense of sizzling cool. Inside, the instructors who oversee 90-minute Bikram yoga classes aren't afraid to act casual—they embrace laughter and a comfortable atmosphere over an intimidating stress on perfection. As students segue through poses in high temperatures, they are encouraged to hone their fundamentals before attempting advanced techniques, such as doing the splits while building a double-decker s'more.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.
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 600 calories with each go-round.