After overcoming childhood obesity, Julia Walderzak decided to introduce noncompetitive fitness to a whole new generation at H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Within the 1,500-square-foot space, Julia's team of instructors leads kids as young as 3 in age-tailored Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing classes. Parents can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi in the cozy lounge, or join in on the fitness fun during adult Zumba and kickboxing classes or sessions of Mommy and Me, prenatal, and Vinyasa yoga.
As a trained dancer since age 5, it?s not surprising that Zumba Jammer-certified Ali Struyk eventually gravitated toward Zumba, a dance-fitness hybrid that helped her shed pounds after the birth of her child. Zumba integrates dance styles such as salsa, hip-hop, and rumba to upbeat Latin rhythms, simultaneously burning calories, strengthening muscles, and boosting energy levels without resorting to witchcraft. Students follow the freeform routines to the best of their ability, which allows participants of varying experience levels to bust a move in the same class.
DanceFit hosts a wide variety of options for gals of all ages and abilities, from little girls pulling on ballet slippers for the first time to ladies burned out from attending too many repetitive gym workouts. Leading pre-ballet for kids as young as 3, the studio's instructors instill the foundations of coordination, dance vocabulary, and body awareness to set the tone for a series of more advanced classes, including pointe and jazz. Dance-fitness sessions such as the barre-based BalletFit and latin-dance-infused Zumba motivate adults to trim down and tone up, and yoga classes help guests lengthen and strengthen their bodies while relieving stress. The Natick location also offers Hot balletFIT, which is balletFIT conducted in a 90 degree room.
To further alleviate life's worries, the studio offers virtual classes via Skype, helping patrons more conveniently fit a workout into a hectic schedule. These sessions are held throughout the day, and allow patrons to hit their yoga mats in the comforts of their own homes or sculpt rock-hard abs in their office's supply closet.
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other?s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids? playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
The eponymous Gina Flaherty runs Zumba with Gina, where the experienced dancer and choreographer leads dance-fitness classes for all skill levels. Her Zumba classes emphasize easy-to-follow dance moves, fun, and an atmosphere that requires no previous dancing knowledge. Students will dance along as they follow her movements to rhythmic, international music.
Dance Soul Motion’s class roster may be succinct, but that doesn’t mean it lacks variety. For yogis, Vinyasa and deep-stretch yoga offer traditional practices, and Vinyasa Beats speeds up asanas for a more challenging routine. Pilates classes take the form of traditional bending atop a mat or Core Connection, which mixes parts of Pilates and yoga to target the core. And there’s also Zumba, a fun, fast-paced class rooted in dance.