From kids to adults and seniors, Paramount Fitness invites people of all ages to take part in its group fitness classes. Kids can participate in fitness offerings that help burn excess energy or offer a calming atmosphere, and adults can take advantage of Step 'n' Tone cardio workouts or Piloxing, a fusion of Pilates and kickboxing that helps tone muscle. Energetic instructors also lead low-key group classes of up to 20 people in yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and spinning in a spacious, mirror-lined studio. Above all, the center’s trainers want students to have fun as they exercise, whether that means attending a different class on every visit or showing a Zumba class the new move you made up in the shower. Classes are also offered all week long to give attendees many exercise options to fit into busy schedules.
Patrons plant palms and heels into the wood floors of Bija Yoga's cozy, neutral-toned studio, growing into seasoned yogis as certified instructors lead them through ancient postures. It's this sense of planting and flourishing that Jamie Shane, the owner and one of the instructors, hopes to evoke with the studio's name—the Sanskrit word for seed. She leads her classes with a similar fluidity, whether she's introducing an ever-changing variety of poses during Go Flow—a Vinyasa-style class that links breath to movement—or opening up the floor to encourage practitioners to follow their own yogic lights in Your Flow. Other classes drag yoga into the new millennium, incorporating kickboxing moves in rigorous Kick Asana classes, or robot boxing moves in Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Asana.
With over 5 million students worldwide, Zumba exhilarates students of all ages, who fall under the spell of hypnotic dance beats as exercise blends with the pleasure of dancing. A selection of classes cater to varying age groups and experience levels. Classes are tailored to dance hopefuls of all fitness levels, from older adults looking to ease into exercise to more active sets of bipedal primates. Zumba Basics 1 is a popular choice for the Latin-inspired dance fitness class, burning between 400 and 800 calories an hour, not counting the calories burned while skipping down the yellow brick road to class. See Dance Yourself Fit's full schedule for locations and times.
Just as the workouts scale to students of all fitness levels, they extend to those of all ages as well. The center's CrossFit Kids program is designed to help children and the adults who play them on TV build a solid foundation for a fit, healthy life by challenging them to fun, functional workouts that mimic the movements they do every day, such as jumping, pulling, running, and climbing. Like the adult version, CrossFit Kids is just as beneficial to less-active children as it is to youth athletes, as the challenges are scaled to each student's ability and success is measured on an individual level.
Modern Steps School of Dance regularly waltzes across the line that separates art from all-out fun. The school’s experienced instructors lead private lessons, group classes, and spirited dance parties for all ages, from seniors to adolescents who only recently grew their fifth toes. Focusing exclusively on ballroom dance, instructors branch out to cover the many styles that fall under that large umbrella, including tango, fox trot, Viennese waltz, and swing. They draw on a rich history of dance tutelage—though the school was founded only two decades ago, its roots in Florida can be traced all the way back to 1513, when Juan Ponce de León tap-danced with joy upon his discovery of Disney World.
Helmed by Sarge, a certified trainer and U.S. Army veteran, Naples Fitness Boot Camp's motivating all-levels workouts propel clients toward fitness goals. Like a snowman's fingerprints, no two sessions are identical, but all include one hour of physical challenges such as obstacle courses, short-distance runs, yoga poses, and jump-rope drills. Strength training with kettlebells and sandbags tones the entire body and builds muscle mass to burn calories efficiently. The schedule varies by season and typically includes men's, women's, and coed workouts. Classes take place outside, rain or shine, except during hurricanes, floods, and falling-piano storms.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.