As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Renowned dance coach Anthony Lewis, who’s mentored many nationally ranked clients, boasts several competition titles, as well as a fourth-place win at the World's Championships himself. His teaching experience spans the country, having overseen studios in Kentucky and California, and his staff of instructors emulates his star quality with their devotion and skill. Yet, for all of their impressive credentials, the teachers at Nashville Ballroom specialize in training adult beginners, deriving fulfillment from transforming two left feet into comfortable twirling tools.
As Nashville Ballroom’s students sashay through the studio's three-step schooling approach—composed of private lessons, group classes, and social practice—they can choose from more than 20 dance styles. Instructors stress that their setting is "not your grandma's ballroom," culling modern steps from Latin, swing, and country-western choreography. Though they do tutor such classical styles as the waltz and foxtrot, lessons typically focus on the modern techniques needed for nightclub outings and wedding receptions in the year 4012.
Most people attend boot camps to lose weight, not to get strong enough to fight the Taliban. But that's just how START Fitness founder Sgt. Ken Weichert got his start. The veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom and six-time Soldier of the Year is also a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer who pushes combat troops to reach the military's fitness standards in basic training—that is, actual boot camp.
In START Fitness's weekday morning boot camps, seasoned instructors personally trained by Sgt. Weichert help everyday athletes lose weight, build muscle, and forge healthier lifestyles. They lead the camps which alternate between indoor and outdoor activity, calling on more than 100 lessons that constantly change up the workout to keep bodies guessing. The classes are designed for students who are already somewhat active, as they are intended to sculpt and tone as students go through obstacle courses, do push-ups, complete partner-assisted exercises, and run up to five miles without tiring or requiring a treat and an ear scratch after each task.
As you learned while playing with your Creepy Crawlers set as a child, unexpected combinations can lead to satisfying results. Today's deal adheres to that theory, combining elements of modern dance, Pilates, yoga, and deep stretching into a fitness fusion known as Barre Sculpt. For $22, you get five sessions of this powerful routine at Seren Motus Fitness Studios in Franklin.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, Kristen Nicole Hall seemed destined for a medical career. But after 14 years of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, she couldn't shake the desire to share empowering, rhythmic routines with others—and an aerial-dance and flirty-fitness studio provided just the right venue to share her dream.
More than 15 classes are scheduled per week at Studio Goddess, including pole- and flirty fitness workouts that help participants bolster confidence and climb up trees quickly when confronted by a prowling wolf pack. Sessions such as Pole-Lates and Shake Your Abs blend dance and muscle-toning movements, and various pole-fitness levels progress students from basic spins to upside-down high-fives. Private pole parties teach small groups to twirl around the studio's 14-foot poles while celebrating special events or simply helping to "unleash the goddess" in each woman.
Make every T-shirt a muscle-T with today's Groupon for all the fitness you can handle: $59 gets you a one-month membership to The Delta (a $150 value) with no initiation fee for the duration of your Groupon. Your membership gets you unlimited access to group fitness classes (boot camp not included) and gym facilities. Purchase up to three Groupons for three months of membership—while everyone else gets soft in the middle passing eggnog and cookies this winter, you'll be drinking raw eggs for breakfast and snapping gingerbread men in half with the flex of a sculpted deltoid.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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