After obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, Kristen Nicole Hall seemed destined for a medical career. But after 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, she couldn't shake the desire to share empowering, rhythmic routines with others—and an aerial-dance and flirty-fitness studio provided just the right venue to share her dream.
More than 15 classes are scheduled per week at Studio Goddess, including pole- and flirty fitness workouts that help participants bolster confidence and climb up trees quickly when confronted by a prowling wolf pack. Sessions such as Pole-Lates and Shake Your Abs blend dance and muscle-toning movements, and various pole-fitness levels progress students from basic spins to upside-down high-fives. Private pole parties teach small groups to twirl around the studio's 14-foot poles while celebrating special events or simply helping to "unleash the goddess" in each woman.
The fleet-footed instructors of National Dance Clubs shepherd students of all skill levels through a variety of dance styles and techniques. Aspiring hip-swivelers can acquire the moves necessary to woo passersby into impromptu swing sessions with an introductory dance package, which includes two private 50-minute lessons to get the dance ball rhythmically rolling. Solo dancers—who will be paired with an instructor—and cha-chaing couples take to the 2,000-square-foot dance floor, learning the steps, dips, and secret handshakes of American, international, and social dance disciplines, including bolero, fox trot, rumba, waltz, and tango.
Former nurse and wound-care coordinator Kira Whitaker believes that in addition to exercise, true wellness requires personal strength and a respect for our bodies. At Arden Yoga & Wellness, she and the team of instructors harnesses help guests of all ages and abilities stretch toward healthier lifestyles. To make sure each student gets the most out of the sessions, every sequence can be modified to suit experience level or a paralyzing fear of sweat. Classes such as Arden Flow, Arden Power, Arden Sculpt, Prenatal, and Mommy & Me can help tone muscles, strengthen bodies, and improve the mind-body connection. Arden Yoga & Wellness further helps guests blast past their fitness goals with other wellness boons, including meal plans, nutritional advice, and weight-loss blueprints.
The staff of yoga instructors and belly dancers at The Yoga Nest helps clients get in shape with a varied curriculum of fitness classes. Unique exercise sessions include barre classes—which combine Pilates, ballet, and yoga—as well as aerial yoga lessons, in which participants flex into traditional yoga poses while enmeshed in fabric hanging from the ceiling.
At Flex Gym, a muscle-cultivating array of free weights and cardio machines assist patrons in their quest for stronger bodies and fashionable birthday suits. Members can enjoy watching LCD television screens as they exercise on treadmills and ellipticals or fortify their bodies using free weights. The spacious facility includes several mechanisms to add variety to workout regimens, with plenty of room in-between machines to accommodate for rapid muscle growth.