There's no one approach to personal training at JD Body Sculpting. Instead, owner and certified trainer JD designs custom programs, which might incorporate elements of aerobics, core strengthening, yoga, and other exercise disciplines. In addition to one-on-one sessions, he also leads group fitness classes and boot camps.
In January 2012, Amanda Gonzales and Edgar Mendez—a former principal dancer and choreographer for the Los Rumberos dance company—founded Madison Dance Studio to share their love of rhythmic movement with all ages. The duo and their team of talented instructors lead classes, including salsa and hip-hop, atop of a wood floor illuminated by floating party lights. In addition to helming belly-dance sessions, they channel Latin-inspired dance moves and global party beats in Zumba fitness classes. Amanda encourages ladies to confidently express themselves on club dance floors during her signature Hip Hop in Heels class.
After all hips have been shimmied and snaked according to U.S. government standards, students and instructors can rest atop the cushy sectional sofa while admiring the sky-blue chevron murals, which add a modern vibe to the room's exposed brick.
Midtown Taekwondo's chief instructors Steven and Tara Miller, both of whom are sixth-degree black belts, lead a team of martial-arts experts. Relying on their skills and a spacious facility, staff train students as young as 4 years old in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Junior, all-ages, and adult-level classes help students develop fitness and self-defense skills as well as self-esteem and discipline. The studio also keeps school-age students supervised?and helps them with their homework?through an after-school pick-up program. But whatever the class, all students are held to an oath that encourages respect for authority and has them promise to build a better world.
Artistic Body Movement Studio's founder Diane Sable loves movement and bodywork of all types, from dance and martial arts to massage. Indeed, she leads a wide variety of classes at her studio, helping students get to know their bodies. Much of her schedule focuses on tai chi, but she also teaches classes in yoga and plans to round out her schedule with the Nia Technique, a sensory-fueled dance fitness technique that she is currently studying.
Early birds get fit at HollyWould Fitness, thanks to trainer Holly's early morning boot-camp workouts. Held three times a week in Overton Park, her daily changing workouts earned her the No. 1 spot for Best Boot Camp of 2014 in Memphis Health & Fitness magazine. When she's not helping people reach their fitness goals before breakfast, she might be leading cardio-, weight-, or personal-training sessions.
Push Pilates owner Val Russell draws from her 10 years of experience studying human physiology and lifelong practice of dance, gymnastics, and circus arts to construct the studio's curriculum of movement-based workouts. During Pilates sessions, students can either learn to perform floor-based mat exercises or opt to work out on the spring-loaded Reformers, Cadillacs, and Wunda Chairs. Yoga-class instructors incorporate athletic poses into flowing Vinyasa-style sequences, linking one pose to the next with balance-challenging movement and breathing exercises. During aerial-arts lessons, students learn to reenact scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey as they dangle from ceiling-mounted silk slings or metal hoops. Outside of the classroom, the center's massage services can soothe and rejuvenate any weary muscles or vestigial wings.