Helmed by personal trainer Kaycie Meza, Centaurian Fitness keeps gym-goers in shape with a host of weight-training equipment. During her one-hour boot-camp classes, Meza leads her trainees through calorie-burning reps with motivation and guidance.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
After struggling with yo-yoing weight and self-image issues, Nancy Schopp reached a point when she became, as she puts it, "sick and tired of being sick and tired." So she got moving, reaching her own fitness goals and then helping others do the same.
Today, she stays busy leading up to a dozen classes every week. Her fellow instructors enthusiastically share the high-energy class load, teaching the newest blends of cardio and strength-training in X-Ripped and Zumba Xtreme NRG sessions. Experienced yogi Anne Gonzalez makes Vinyasa yoga's flow of poses accessible to yoga devotees, newcomers, and those just now discovering that their arms bend more than one way. In addition to group classes, the instructors also lead personal-training sessions and small-group training, supplementing cardio and resistance workouts with dietary guidance.
WundaBar Pilates relies on the intelligently designed WundaFormer, a Swiss army apparatus that combines a reformer, Wunda chair, jump board, and ballet bar into one sinew-sculpting machine. Armed with the knowledge gleaned from a complimentary Intro to WundaBar session, students delve into a host of 40-minute classes that engage muscles with simple routines emphasizing proper form in the face of fast-paced progression. Strength & Length sessions forge slender muscles and a cast-iron core while minimizing the joint stress that can accompany other workout regimens. Heart rates similarly pulse during Cardio Blast classes as students orchestrate a kinesthetic symphony of unfurling limbs and blushing arteries, shedding unwanted calories while toning the 12 muscles typically used to accuse a neighbor of stealing your TV remote.
Founded by professional body builder Guillermo Escalante in 2000, SportsPros prides itself on being small, friendly, and approachable. The staff isn't large, but that doesn't mean it doesn't cover a lot of ground. Of course, the experts here train clients based on personalized programs, but they also provide physical therapy, massage therapy, dietician services, and even fitness opportunities for seniors. Group classes are available in everything from Pilates to full-body workouts, letting you exercise alongside your friends and see if they sweat the same as you.
Fitness and nutrition guru Stacy "Sportygirl" Ziegler puts a spin on traditional Pilates at her studio, SportyFit Pilates. During her 50-minute workouts, she guides exercisers through circuit-training sequences incorporating Pilates reformer equipment that helps improve strength and cardio. Each workout uses Pilates' principles of core engagement—a focus on breathing, postural alignment, and controlled movements. Small group sessions are limited to 10 students, and each participant uses their own machine, which includes a reformer, wunda chair, and jumpboard.