Each 60 minute Jazzercize class incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training (with handheld weights) to a total-body workout complete with cardio, strength training, and stretching techniques. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, simply review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
BlackFin CrossFit's diamond-sculpted instructors push flagging bodies to the pinnacle of athleticism with intense and varied CrossFit training classes. The On-Ramp program's coaches introduce newcomers to a wide-ranging repertoire of functional movements that can add strength to a weightlifting routine, endurance to a daily jog, and power to a weekly square-dance circle. During each 45- to 60-minute class, trainers pit participants against a gauntlet of equipment that may include weights, medicine balls, gymnastic equipment, and kettlebells. Every sequence is scalable to each attendee's experience and abilities, ensuring an appropriate workout for everyone from grandparents to Olympic-hopeful grandparents.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The trainers behind LevelUp Fitness eschew repetitive, dull workout sessions for a constantly changing routine of engaging exercises to help patrons of all fitness levels look and feel like they could wrestle an alligator into submission. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they steer patrons away from weight machines, instead challenging them with new physical tasks performed in unexpected durations. They tailor routines to each client's fitness goals, helping them trim pounds, increase muscle mass, or train for a 5K on the moon. For group sweat sessions, patrons can enlist in boot camp, in which the trainers push them toward fitness with intense, constantly varying exercise regimens focused on cardio and strength training.
At Steel Mill Crossfit & Gym, a team of trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals. Daily classes incorporate a workout of the day, which is scaled in intensity to suit the fitness level of each individual. Exercisers also receive nutrition instruction and one-on-one guidance during the small-group sessions.