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.
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.
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.
Though some fitness aficionados may prefer the treadmills, rowing machines, and ellipticals that fill most traditional gyms, others enjoy getting in shape a different way—through dance. At Rhythmoz Dance & Fitness Studio, visitors of all ages and athletic levels can shimmy their way to stronger midsections, leaner limbs, and healthier hearts during a variety of dynamic, fun classes. Adults match steps and rhythms with the beats of brain-burrowing tunes during hip-hop, Zumba, and african dance classes. Additionally, kids can build dance and social skills during swing dance, hula dance, and ballroom dance, the last of which readies them for the intricate, dance-centric business presentations of today’s corporate world.