Laureen Mikos was barely walking before she started tapping, stepping, and swinging. At age five, she discovered a love of dance, studying jazz, ballet, tap, and modern dance styles before most people grow out of their baby feet. Over the years, her repertoire expanded to include hiphop and bellydancing, as well as Zumba dance fitness.
At Shakin' It Up Dance and Fitness Center, she leads a team of personal trainers, dancers, and fitness instructors to impart choreographed wisdom in dance and exercise classes. The center's curriculum introduces guests to ballroom and jazz dance as well as more upbeat options, such as Zumba fitness classes set to a soundtrack of Latin tunes.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Like a delicious stir-fry, Studio Fusion's curriculum is a healthy and often spicy mix of ingredients. An overarching goal to combat boredom guides each session, and supportive instructors monitor their students with personalized guidance, whether they're showcasing a Zumba spin or one of Cardio Kick's rapid-fire jabs. Their classes range from calming mat Pilates and yoga to Cardio Fusion and Zumba Fusion—a Latin-inspired workout intensified by toning exercises and students tying their shoelaces together at the start. The staff also hosts personal-training sessions that continue to prioritize exciting routines, and instructors take their classes on the road for parties and fundraisers.
After giving birth to her third child, Stacey Wodarski decided that it was time for her to reclaim her figure. She created a fitness plan for herself and lost 50 pounds in four months. Inspired by her own success—and fueled by the belief that traditional gyms aren’t motivating enough—she started Impact Fitness and Fight Club with the hope that others can achieve the same success she has.
Today, she leads guests of all levels and ages through intense group classes that combine conditioning exercises with traditional boxing and kickboxing routines. She also offers classes for kids, with childcare services in the mornings and evenings. There are even kid’s kickboxing classes, where budding martial artists can learn proper form and how to kick cookies down from the top of the fridge.
The gym at Maximum Fitness is stacked with enough stair climbers, treadmills, aerobics machines, and weightlifting equipment to bulk up a beanpole if beanpoles had arms and legs. The center, with cheery yellow walls, also stocks free weights such as dumbbells and barbells, as well as certified personal trainers to instruct on the proper use of workout gear. Classes such as Zumba, Les Mills BodyPump, and yoga give gym-goers motivating group environments in which to get fit, and nutrition programs help them keep fit. A childcare center accommodates busy parents.
Transformation Fitness doesn't just see to the fitness needs of its own members. Its roster of health professionals, including yoga instructors, personal trainers, and massage therapists, works to design and implement fitness plans for area clients. The team maximizes sweat at its own storefront as well, leading classes such as kickboxing and Zumba six days a week.