As a wife and mom, certified trainer Victoria McCullough helps women of all fitness levels kick-start sputtering metabolisms through 30- and 45-minute workouts. In spite of her military background, she motivates her students with encouragement rather than intimidation. Victoria augments the fat-burning effects of boot camps with nutritional advice and by teaching workout-at-home routines.
Studio Craze's certified staff mentor students as they balance, bounce, and dance their way through eight types of group fitness classes designed to fortify cores and boost agility. Ball Balance pupils lean and squat against stability balls, bolstering balance and flexibility, and exercisers in Ballet Barre combine the intensity of interval training with muscle-shaping technique, working out by bobbing on mats and ballet barres as they carefully intone French conjunctive verbs. Zumba Fitness merges cardiovascular routines with upbeat Latin and international ear candy, and Zumba Toning adds toning sticks into the equation to aid rapid body sculpting.
After spending more than 20 years training civilians and designing workouts for the military, Ira Wenze opened his own 4,000-square-foot fitness center to bring the rapid benefits of boot camp to locals. Registered as an elite trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association, as well as a fitness therapist and performance-nutrition specialist, Wenze designs intense group workouts that offer far more support than exercising next to balloon animals. Fellow certified trainers include D-Bo, a specialist in boxing and mixed martial arts, and Brian Hannah, a former fitness instructor for the Navy. Alongside ever-changing workouts that incorporate weights, medicine balls, kettlebells, and TRX suspension equipment, supportive instructors deliver sound nutritional advice that emphasizes health and energy over dieting. Coaches demonstrate their zeal for progress by taking regular fitness assessments that check in on individual progress, draft new goals, and quiz participants on the metallic properties of free weights.
Restoring balance to the body can be tough—there's no visible set of scales to adjust. However, the staff at Wellness and Weightloss have more than 20 years of experience identifying and treating the symptoms of hormone imbalances. Their hormone-replacement therapies strive to reduce the effects of menopause and andropause, such as hot flashes, insomnia, and weight gain. The team also utilizes hormones in weight-loss plans. These programs help clients to adopt healthier lifestyles through customized consultations, prescribed supplements, and classes on how hormone levels can affect metabolism.
Unlike many big-box gyms, Club II has the whole family in mind. In addition to offering fitness services and health coaching for grownups, they host youth camps and daycare services for the kids. They up the ante with tennis and swim lessons, as well as social activities.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, 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.