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
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Unlike many boot camps, the instructors at Make It Count Bootcamp are genuine military veterans, using their expertise from the service to create high-intensity workouts for visitors of all fitness levels. Participants take part in cardiovascular drills that challenge each individual to do their personal best, cheered on to success by their fellow group members.
Heidi Braun discovered the concept for Thank Dog! Bootcamp in Fitness magazine, and thought it the perfect fit for herself and her high-energy border collie, Maggie. She traveled to beautiful downtown Burbank to check out the program in person, and decided that she wanted to become its ambassador in Ohio. She got her ISSA personal training certification, and began recruiting humans and dogs to join her on her new mission.
During a class, Heidi teaches her students an entire suite of circuit-training exercises designed to be performed outdoors in the natural beauty of parks. Simultaneously, she instructs their canines, training them to respond to nine different commands as issued by their owners. This regimen has the added benefit of teaching pooches to be calm in the presence of other dogs without feeling the need to growl, mark territory, or play poker.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
After 20 years of college athletics, triathlons, and personal training, Yana Salwan discovered that her high-impact workouts were ravaging her back and joints. Barre workouts, inspired by moves from classical ballet, helped Yana transform her body, striking a balance between strength and flexibility. Now Yana shares this restorative workout in her intimate, female-only boutique studio. Each precisely choreographed barre workout employs muscle-sculpting movements, yoga stretches, and Pilates core work to create long, lean muscles and sculpted bodies. Among the many health benefits of barre workouts, they can help exercisers improve posture, increase range of motion, and finally beat the rival summer camp in the annual ballet dance-off.