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.
The ClassRoom challenges fitness fiends and neophytes alike with a schedule packed with 10 different types of booty-kicking group classes, each between 30 and 60 minutes long. Guests can join experienced instructors to take advantage of the functional conditioning of kettle bells, find inner sultriness with urban striptease aerobics, or carve out cut cores with traditional mat Pilates. Legs and arms transform into high achievers in 101 and honors classes, which define limbs with weights, resistance bands, and plyometrics, and the high-energy, Latin-influenced choreography of Zumba results in head-turning tone and eye-catching confidence boosts.
In 1883, the Youngstown YMCA opened as a place farmers moving to the city for work could retreat to. It now boasts three branches: the Central branch in downtown Youngstown, Camp Fitch on Lake Erie, and the D.D. & Velma Davis Family YMCA.
Though the Y is a place where members can go to exercise, participate in sports leagues, and swim, it's also more than that; it's a place that strives to teach good values to community members. It stresses the importance of such principles as respect, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and it's dedicated to helping the area out through community-service efforts.
Steven Lawrence Personal Fitness is a private personal training studio that specializes in one on one and group exercise classes for those who are serious about getting results. Each client meets with a Certified Personal Trainer who helps them set and reach their individual fitness goals.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from jazz dance, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Located within Hickey Karate Center, both Red Door Yoga and Martial Fight and Fitness programs emphasize full-body fitness through centuries-old practices. During either class type, small groups of about 10 people meet for lessons on basic technique that aim to challenge physical fitness and minds. During yoga classes, an instructor trained in the YogaFit technique leads students through a series of traditional poses designed to tone muscles, reenact childhood Twister parties, and improve flexibility. Martial Fight and Fitness classes combine martial arts self-defense techniques and kickboxing-style movements into a strength and conditioning workout that highlights form without physical contact. Because of the traditional curriculum, students who take these classes may find it easier to later transition into a martial arts program. Yoga classes run in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and martial arts classes take place on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.