Dolphin Fitness Clubs' forest of humming and clanking exercise equipment is overseen by knowledgeable staff who are eager to dole out instruction on playing nicely with the machines and to pass along workout tips. Professional cardio- and strength-training equipment, from top manufacturers such as Cybex, Streamline, and Hammer, abounds as the certified trainers lead clients through customized workouts that are supplemented by nutritional counseling. The trainers also conduct group fitness classes—such as Zumba—in their expansive studios. Hordes of flat-screens line the gym walls, regaling fitness-seekers with distractions in the form of TV shows and movies such as Babe, a pig in the city who overcame all odds to run his first marathon.
Instructor and Basic Ballroom Dance Studio cofounder Ilya Barmotin is no stranger to the arena of competitive dancing—Ilya’s trophy room houses awards from the World Cup, US Open, and South American Showdance. With a lifetime spent in slick-soled shoes, he’s also aware of the social and fitness benefits of choreographed body movement. That’s why his studio teaches social and competitive dancing to students of all ages and experience levels in group or private settings.
The facility’s two large floors and private dance areas host lessons in styles ranging from the Latin cha-cha and rumba to standards such as the waltz, tango, and foxtrot. Beyond the classroom, students hone their skills in weekly practice parties or by communicating through tap dance at their day jobs. Students also participate in regional, national, and international competitions. Those seeking their own trophy collections can attend Friday-night workshops. At these workshops, participants build their stamina and stretch their limbs while receiving expert instruction.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Everlast
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
At B.B.X. Kickboxing, trainers lead groups through intense 60-minute kickboxing classes that pit clients against real heavy bags. The trainers subscribe to kickboxing?s effectiveness in getting fit, as well as its usefulness as a self-defense skill. With expertise in various fields of fitness, they also organize yoga, mixed-martial-arts, and boxing classes?opening boxing and kickboxing courses to children.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds adults 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 cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of tango, swing, or rumba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice provides a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
At ARES 500 locations across the country, they take a scientific approach to its classes, which encourages strength building, increasing endurance, and helping children achieve and maintain a healthy body.
In addition to those classes, ARES 500 offers soccer lessons for kids and adults. Skill-training sessions and team games help students improve their technique and enjoy the outdoors while getting a comprehensive workout. ARES 500 sees soccer as a powerful tool for sustaining positive change in a child’s overall development, and thus the soccer drills are designed to increase concentration, determination, and self-discipline, all while teaching children to share, take turns, lead, listen, and communicate.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick’s seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer’s belt of live cobras.