Jammie Efford loves all kinds of dance; her resume includes training in styles such as salsa, bellydance, and merengue. So it's natural that she took so quickly to Zumba, the workout fuses many different styles of dance and allows her to help other people get into shape. As the owner of Zoom Zone Studio, she uses her expertise to create entirely original routines and motivates her students to stick with the program so that they burn calories, feel more confident, and have the physical mobility to dodge any obstacles at hip height.
Equipment: State of the art sound system and to add intensity, arm and leg weight
Students should bring: A towel, water can be purchased.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
When meeting Frank Tatulinski for the first time, most people probably wouldn't peg him as a Zumba enthusiast. His muscles bespeak a grittier story, encompassing 30 years of martial-arts experience and 14 years of service in the army. As a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, he broke multiple world records for his division—but he needed a workout to keep his body active during the off-season, when barbells return to their racks to hibernate. After his first few Zumba classes, he was hooked.
Frank founded BFFitness to motivate student groups of all ages and backgrounds with the celebratory dance workouts he loves. The BFF in his company's name stands for Bernie (his wife) and Frank, and also for Best Friends Forever, a nod to the communal atmosphere he fosters during each session.
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The personal trainers at AMP Fitness believe that all workouts should be catered to each individual guest based not on personal experience but on anatomy. With that philosophy in mind, they offer 30- or 60-minute completely customizable one-on-one sessions with guests according to their fitness goals. They also use MyZone, a heart rate and calorie-based monitoring system that utilizes cardiac telemetry combined with online accountability and feedback, to help clients track their progress.
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