More like a clubhouse for the fitness-minded than a gym, Nutri Danzé invites patrons of all shapes and sizes to hone healthy lifestyles through invigorating, dance-infused classes. Punchy wall colors and music from around the globe make the space buzz with contagious energy as participants shake, dip, and hip roll their way to stronger bodies. Among many class offerings, Latin-inspired Zumba sweat sessions offer an intense aerobic workout, while indian belly dance helps make students’ body language bilingual.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.
Family is important to the purveyors of Platinum Gym. So, while their members break a sweat on Precor cardio and strength machines, the kids can remain nearby and safe in the onsite kid's club. The gym is so family-friendly, in fact, that kids 10 years and up can use the equipment when supervised and join their parents during a select number of group classes.
Speaking of classes, the 16,000 square foot health club offers instruction in workouts such as Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and spin. And, members can also pamper their weary muscles with massage therapy or highlight their hard work by bronzing newly buff bodies in tanning beds and booths.
Genetic Fitness grants its members access to an arsenal of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free-weights. Yet, it’s not uncommon for exercisers to skip the machinery all together. Instead, they head to one of the studio’s many group fitness classes. One studio hosts spin, Zumba, and various Les Mills sessions––BodyPump, BodyFlow, and BodyCombat, to name a few. A second studio turns up the heat on mat and reformer Pilates, yoga, and a chicken hatchery. When they’re not pushing students through the group classes, the gym’s dedicated personal trainers are likely motivating clients during one-on-one training sessions.
Jessica, the mastermind behind Goddess Rising Fitness, began her fitness journey after losing her job of 11 years and deciding to try something new. She started Goddess Rising Fitness in 2010, when she rented studio space for an hour a week to teach a sexy chair-dancing class. Today, Jessica and her team of dance-trained instructors lead more than 15 weekly classes, which include high-energy Zumba classes, relaxing yoga, and strength-building “bombshell ballers” classes using stability balls. She offers Zumbatomic classes that get kids ages 4–12 dancing to age-appropriate tunes and working on age-appropriate long division problems. She also leads six-week boot-camp sessions that aim to help guests lose weight and build strength with functional exercises, weekly weigh-ins, and food journals.
Vanessa Valentin knew her own health and happiness increased through practicing dance and fitness, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way. She opened RhythmX to make it happen, a fitness and dance studio focused on Latin and hip-hop grooves.
Here, Vanessa and 10 other instructors conduct three types of Zumba classes, including Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao, along with Latin hip-hop sessions. Unlike most hip-hop classes, which teach students a set routine, their sessions work to arm students with a core set of moves, helping them feel more comfortable on the dance floor.
Located in the Thornton Park shopping district, the newly opened Thornton Park Yoga is a welcoming fitness studio aimed at helping its clients feel relaxed, healthy, and confident. Professionally trained teachers lead students in yoga and Pilates mat classes, paying particular attention to proper alignment and inhaling through the eyes. Zumba and outdoor boot camp classes are also offered, as well as a class targeting the arms, core, and abs.