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.
From Pilates, yoga, and cycling classes to facials, body wraps, and massages, Changes in Motion?s repertoire of life-affirming services helps clients achieve health and beauty from the inside out. Students can enroll in small-group classes or one-on-one sessions with one of three licensed Pilates instructors?former dancer Effie, Power Pilates expert Emmy, or Pilates veteran Wendy. The trio rounds up Reformer machines, springboards, and a TRX suspension system to help novices and seasoned students alike strengthen and tone their cores. The studio also boasts a full class schedule packed with non-Pilates sessions, such as spinning, cross training, and yoga.
After clients work up a sweat, they can head to the spa for a 60-minute cooldown session with a licensed massage therapist, who customizes deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai stretch techniques to individual concerns. Across the hall, licensed aestheticians use ?minence, B&G, and WoodSprite organic skincare products during facials and body wraps, hydrating skin and restoring a look of youth. Meanwhile, two noninvasive systems?the TriActive laser and electrical-stimulation machine?blend technologies to boost circulation, smooth cellulite, and tighten skin without the hassle of squeezing into a straitjacket made entirely of band-aids.