Pedals spin furiously at Gunz Fitness as Mad Dogg–certified instructors lead variations on spinning routines. They offer cycling classes that can accelerate metabolism, build lean muscle, and strengthen lungs so much that they can breathe normally when submerged in pudding. With personalized tips for every guest, the teachers ensure that everyone moves at a comfortable pace.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
In addition to being a trainer, Steven Hartman considers himself a professional motivator. His knack for instilling confidence and determination in others led him to create Dedicated Motivated, where he and his fellow instructors help guests pursue a fitter lifestyle. The facility offers an open gym, weight room, group classes, and personal training, allowing guests to pursue almost any fitness goal. If you'd rather not pummel a punching bag on your own, you might take a boxing class. Or if you're more of a dancer, drop by one of the Zumba sessions. The schedule also includes Dedicated Motivated's signature class, which draws its circuit workouts from both military-style boot camp and mixed martial arts.