Carolina Fitness pumps up exercisers with energetic one-hour classes designed to burn calories and tone muscles. Seasoned instructors helm each session, bolstering participants with encouragement, tips, and helium tanks. Tailored to fledgling exercisers, low-impact Back to Basics classes pair simple cardio workouts with activities that gradually build strength and flexibility. Instead of teaching students to karate kick piñatas, Zumba leaders infuse dance aerobics with Latin-inspired moves and music. Pilates and yoga comingle in PiYo classes, which work to strengthen core muscles with focused movements and stave off stress with guided meditation. The studio welcomes learners age 5 and older to most classes, as well as exercisers who have recently emerged from cryogenic space pods. Early-morning and after-work classes are available most days; consult the schedule for dates and times.
The staff at Pilates of Charleston believes that the cost of fitness classes should never prevent one from getting in shape—that’s why they cap the price of their group fitness classes at twenty dollars. In these classes, as well as in private sessions for one or two, they teach the art of Pilates. Created by Joseph Pilates, the practice strengthens the mind-body connection while chiseling the core. Dedicated practitioners report feeling taller, leaner, and stronger; other benefits include improved balance and endurance, both especially beneficial prior to running a tightrope marathon. Pilates of Charleston’s instructors also lead specialty-training workshops for pre- and postnatal students, as well as spine-corrector sessions to gently rehabilitate injuries. They round out their repertoire with barre classes—ballet-inspired toning sessions—and cardio-heavy jump board classes, which strengthen cores and shape legs in 45 minutes.
Missi Wolf, the founder and owner of BLAST900, once weighed 206 pounds at a height of 5 feet and had a body-fat percentage of 34%. Her doctor informed her that she was morbidly obese and almost diabetic. Determined to lose weight, Missi started with baby steps—walking to the mailbox and back—and after two years she had lost 100 pounds. Her transformation inspired her to return to school to study kinesiology and physiology in pursuit of the ultimate workout: BLAST900. Blast classes involve cardio intervals on a treadmill and strength-training exercises on the floor. Missi and her team of trainers combine personalized fitness education with nutrition information to help clients sculpt their bodies, shed pounds, and build muscles.
Jason of J Nichols Fitness is a mobile gym. A certified trainer with a psychology degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jason transports his workouts and the accompanying equipment to his clients. Clients then have the freedom to receive a professional-quality work out in their homes, outdoors, or at another location of their choice. For personal-training sessions, he designs a 30-minute workout for each client, which he customizes with diverse exercises based on each client’s fitness level and goals. He also specializes in small-group and boot-camp training, as well as other fitness areas such as flexibility training, sport-specific training, and nutrition and meal planning.
At Journey Cycling and Fitness Studio, a team of certified instructors lead serious indoor cycling and body-conditioning classes. Participants listen to upbeat music during cycling classes. Tabata classes introduce a high-intensity interval version of indoor cycling that provides a more strenuous workout. Alternatively, clients can also sign up for challenging classes that incorporate plyometrics, kettlebells, agility workouts, and other functional exercises to transform bodies.