Lisa Arendell has been leading Zumba classes for over two and a half years, but she has been in the fitness industry much longer. A certified personal trainer, Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in exercise science, and has owned and co-owned fitness centers and sneakers over the span of her 16-year career. Now she leads large-group Zumba classes for people of all experience levels, helping clients tone up and sweat off excess pounds with a fusion of Latin rhythms and dance moves. She lead one class daily Saturday through Wednesday.
Athletes of all backgrounds flock to SpeedWorks to boost their speed, strength, and stamina. Led by the award-winning Matt Merry, the facility arm trainees with universally applicable skills such as linear and multi-direction movement, injury prevention, and how to invent wacky plays that are just crazy enough to win the big game against the no-good meanies of East Side High.
SpeedWorks small group sessions, aimed at ages 7-18, focus on running, lifting, or a combination of the two, with exercises tailored based on the results of the participants’ initial athletic assessment. Alternatively, the center’s one- or two-day clinics cover topics that range from how to eat well to how to meet the speed requirements of a given sport. Similarly, the on-site adult fitness boot camp, aptly named Camp Gladiator, whips trainees into shape in a competitive yet camouflage-free environment.
Since 2000, Patrick Mosley has forged firm physiques with his high-energy aerobic Cardio Kick & Dance class. Students swerve to energetic music during the workout, which amalgamates techniques from boxercise, kickboxing, and dance choreography. Each one-hour session burns calories and increases endurance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and muscle tone, leaving limbs ready to hurl watermelons greater distances. Lunchtime classes run from noon–1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and evening classes run from 6–7:15 p.m. on these same days. Saturday sessions are also available from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., so check the schedule for convenient sessions.
Peek into Expressions Studio’s deep-red space, and you'll spy ladies of all stripes—cheerful friends trying something new, plucky mothers hoping to get into shape, and confident businesswomen seeking to let off some steam after work. The instructors welcome women of all ages and athletic ability into their private pole-dancing studio, where they offer classes and private instructional parties for beginners and seasoned dancers alike. They lead students through basic spins, climbs, and transitions before moving onto more difficult moves, such as tricky sit-ups where you use your elbows and graceful twirls where you must name 10 US presidents before your feet touch the floor. During Vertically Fit classes, they shift the focus of the lesson from erotic dancing to pole exercises that tone abs, legs, and arms. The instructors also offer open pole sessions, where students can utilize the studio's six stationary, professional-grade Lil' Mynx poles and three petite poles to practice moves on their own.
Sharing studio space, Gorilla Fitness and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier imparts different fitness techniques to its students, with the ultimate goal of students carrying their teachings into their everyday lives. Over on the Gorilla side of things, personal trainers instruct exercisers in one-on-one sessions. The trainers put emphasis on working out the whole body instead of just quickly prepping clients for slinky summerwear, including focusing on habits and lifestyle. They see the human body as a machine that needs to be reprogrammed in order to see lasting results. Meanwhile, students at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier learn the Gracie style of martial arts, which gets bodies and minds to work together to affect change, just like a movie set in a high school gets rival cliques to work together to plan prom.
After witnessing his father struggle with health problems, as well as fighting his own war with diabetes, trainer Jason Grantham has come to realize firsthand the importance of physical fitness. This understanding has blossomed into a full-time passion for helping others to train to their peak and achieve overall well-being. Grantham wields 12 years of personal-training experience and a motivating, failure-is-not-an-option attitude while leading intense 60-minute boot-camp sessions, which mix core-strengthening calisthenics with suspension-band workouts and other body-toning techniques.
When not bustling with the strength- and cardio-focused boot camps, Grantham's well-equipped facility houses Pilates and yoga classes as well as athletic training that equips athletes of all ages with game-enhancing conditioning.