Gyms in North Carolina

One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Natural Self Yoga School (75% Off)

Natural Self Yoga School

Greensboro

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$100 $25

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10, 15, or a Month of Martial Arts Classes at Kraze Fitness and American Martial Arts Academy (Up to 52% Off)

Kraze Fitness and American Martial Arts Academy

Winston-Salem

Martial arts classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, MMA, muay thai kickboxing, taekwondo, and wrestling

$60 $29

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$21 for 10 Zumba Fitness Classes at e-Fit4Life ($60 Value)

e-Fit4Life Fitness with Erica Dixon

Bethesda Ruritan Community Center

Erica Dixon gets classes sweating with Latin-inspired dance moves infused with hip-hop, bhangra, and reggae elements

$60 $21

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One- or Two-Month Gym Membership, or One-Month Self-Defense Course at Elevo Dynamics (Up to 74% Off)

Elevo Dynamics

Downtown Fayetteville

24-hour gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, and strength machines; ninjitsu self-defense classes for kids and adults

$108 $31

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Introductory Pole-Dance Class, Five Classes, or Two Weeks of Unlimited Classes at Aradia Fitness (Up to 58% Off)

Aradia Fitness

Cary

Sultry pole-dancing moves are turned into fun, invigorating workouts that help tone cores and shed pounds

$20 $10

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$35 for a One-Month Membership for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes at Alliance Fitness Center ($120 Value)

Alliance Fitness Center

Wilmington

Learn technique and build up your overall fitness and self defense techniques with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes in a studio

$120 $35

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Six Training Sessions from Healthy Silhouette (65% Off)

Healthy Silhouette

High Point

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$450 $158

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Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform for One or Two at Lee Brothers Martial Arts (Up to 95% Off)

Lee Brothers Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Age- and skill-specific martial arts classes led by experienced instructors at four studios

$395 $20

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$40 for a Detox De-Stress Package at Ladies Workout Asheville ($205 Value)

Ladies Workout Asheville

Asheville

Armed with two-month pass, women conquer everything from kickboxing bags to massage beds and far-infrared saunas; makes a great holiday gift

$205 $40

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10 or 16 Karate Classes, One-Week Camp, or One-Month After-School Program at ATA Karate Inc.(Up to 94% Off)

ATA Karate Inc.

Multiple Locations

Classes, camps, and after-school programs teach self-confidence and self-defense to toddlers through adults

$324 $25

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One Month of Unlimited Fitness or Martial-Arts Classes at FTF Fitness and Self Defense (Up to 75% Off)

FTF Fitness and Self Defense

Gastonia

Trainers integrate kickboxing, wrestling, and boxing techniques with interval training, TRX equipment and kettlebells

$75 $19

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5 or 10 Tae Kwon Do Classes with Uniform at Kim's White Tiger (Up to 79% Off)

Kim's White Tiger

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach adults and kids the techniques of tae kwon do, a Korean martial art that focuses on discipline and self-defense

$115 $25

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Ten or Twenty Fitness or Self-Defense Classes at Burlington Krav Maga (Up to 81% Off)

Burlington Krav Maga

Burlington

Learn effective, instinct-based self-defense methods or get fit and toned at this fun, safe, and family-oriented facility

$59 $15

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One Month of Unlimited Women’s Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two at Burn Boot Camp (Up to 88% Off)

Burn Boot Camp

Multiple Locations

Former professional baseball player helps women lose weight and tone bodies in up to 124 camps per week

$227 $35

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Four Weeks of Fitness and Conditioning Classes at FUEL (45% Off)

Fuel

Hickory

Reach your optimal metabolic conditioning with innovative and intense training

$109 $60

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One or Two Months of Family Taekwando Classes for up to Three at Progressive Taekwondo Academy (Up to 59% Off)

Progressive Taekwondo Academy

Apex

Dedicated instructors teach students of all ages an ancient self-defense system that encourages mental discipline and self-confidence

$280 $135

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12 Zumba Classes from Red Fox Fitness (70% Off)

Red Fox Fitness

Waxhaw

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$120 $36

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$7 for $20 Worth of Fitness Classes — NO Limits Dance and Fitness

No Limits Dance And Fitness

Monroe

From the merchant: Want to take a dance class or a fitness class? We have you covered. From Ballet, ZUMBA, SPIN, BOOTY BLASTER & More!

$20 $7

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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One or Two Months of 30- or 60-Minute Dance Classes at Rachel Macholl's Academy of Dance (Up to 59% Off)

Rachel Macholl's Academy of Dance

Wake Forest

Aspiring dancers can try out a breakdancing class, learn to move like Astaire in Broadway-style tap classes, or practice ballet pirouettes

$44 $22

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Four Hours of Personal Training or One or Two Months of CrossFit Classes at Phalanx CrossFit (Up to 57% Off)

Phalanx CrossFit

Sanford

Certified trainers lead students of all athletic experience levels through high-intensity routines of functional exercises

$100 $50

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5 CrossFit Foundations Classes or 10 CrossFit Classes at Crossfit High Threat (Up to 67% Off )

Crossfit High Threat

Matthews

CrossFit workouts challenge and sculpt muscles with intense functional movements; foundations classes help beginners learn proper techniques

$100 $36

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5 or 10 Group Fitness Classes or Two Personal Training Sessions at Body Manager Fitness Studio (Up to 51% Off)

Body Manager Fitness Studio

Garner

Instructor with more than two decades’ experience motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with cardio, strength, and core exercises

$50 $25

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Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Nashville MMA East (54% Off)

Nashville Mma East

Randleman

Students can attend unlimited beginner kickboxing classes; classes meet Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 7 p.m.

$135 $62

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Five or Ten Boot Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Bootcamp Classes at No Limit Training Company (Up to 76% Off)

No Limit Training Company

Cornelius

High-energy group classes challenge participants through combination of boxing, plyometrics, body weight exercises, and flexibility training

$50 $12

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Ten or Twenty CrossFit Classes at Dragonfly CrossFit (Up to 86% Off)

Dragonfly CrossFit

Holly Springs

Holistic health and fitness center helps trainees of all levels tobuild core strength and improve conditioning through variable workouts

$150 $26

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Five Group or Private Fitness Sessions, or Month of Group Sessions at In Motion Fitness, Inc. (Up to 81% Off)

In Motion Fitness, Inc.

Multiple Locations

Fitness-focused center blends cross-training with physical therapy during group classes and one-on-one training

$100 $19

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21-Day Rapid Fat Loss Boot Camp for One or Two at Allen Branch's Fitness One (Up to 74% Off)

Allen Branch's Fitness One

Kernersville

Program designed by area “Biggest Loser” trainers combines exercise and personal training to nurture quick weight-loss results

$149 $39

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$18 for $30 Worth of Martial Arts — Premier Martial Arts Mint Hill

Premier Martial Arts Mint Hill

Mint Hill

Two private introductory martial arts lessons with a uniform included

$30 $18

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Section 8 MMA (Up to 68% Off)

Section 8 MMA

Lexington

Highly-trained and experienced coaches help clients learn self-defense and improve their physical fitness

$150 $50

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10 or 20 Drop-In Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at MMAXOUT Fitness OBX (Up to 66% Off)

MMAXOUT Fitness OBX

Kitty Hawk

Five-stage regimen including interval trianing, plyometrics, and cardio keeps muscles strong and fit and minds engaged

$100 $39

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$27 for $49 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons at Tiger Kim's Tae Kwon Do

Tiger Kim's Tae Kwon Do

Clemmons

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$49 $27

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10 or 20 Zumba Classes at Fusion Dance Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

Fusion Dance Fitness

Multiple Locations

Zumba classes blend salsa, reggae, and other high-energy dance moves set to catchy tunes

$70 $22

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10 or 16 Martial Arts Lessons with Uniform at Vision Martial Arts (Up to 95% Off). 12 Options Available.

Vision Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach kids teakwondo, helping them master martial moves and mental discipline

$355 $20

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10 or 20 Zumba Classes at Zumba with Gwen (Up to 55% Off)

Zumba with Gwen

Multiple Locations

Zumba classes use upbeat Latin music and dance combinations to help clients burn calories and tone their bods

$50 $25

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One Month of Unlimited Hot-Yoga Classes or a 10-Class Pass for Hot Yoga at Get Twisted (Up to 45% Off)

Get Twisted

Hope Mills

A studio with a duo of certified instructors offers AcroYoga, as well as forms of yoga including hot, restorative, and yin

$60 $38

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5 or 10 Private Yoga-and-Pilates Combo Classes for One or Two at Cape Fear Dance Theatre (Up to 78% Off)

Cape Fear Dance Theatre

Wrightsville Beach Park

Pilates meets yoga during exercise programs that work the whole body to increase flexibility, align the spine, and build strength

$500 $119

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5, 10, or 20 Martial Arts Classes at Professional Karate Academy (Up to 80% Off)

professional Karate Academy

Rolesville

Instructors teach a blend of martial arts styles, including Kenpo karate, Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, Muay Thai kickboxing, and self-defense

$110 $25

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One or Two Months of Martial Arts or Women's Self-Defense at Ultimate Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Ultimate Martial Arts & Fitness

Graham

Black belt instructors at family-oriented martial arts school specialize in age-specific training and self-defense classes tailored to women

$119.50 $28

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One Month of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two People at Body by Buck (Up to 77% Off)

Body by Buck

Stallings

Indoor boot-camp classes blend interval and CrossFit-style training, including exercises with kettlebells, dumbbells, and jump ropes

$150 $39

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5 or 10 Adult Speed School Athletic-Training Classes at Parisi (Up to 55% Off)

Parisi

Hendersonville

Fitness classes designed to build athletic stamina, muscle tone and speed through a variety of intense exercises

$50 $25

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One Month of Kids or Adult Jiu-Jitsu Classes at The Forge Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center (67% Off)

The Forge Martial Arts and Fitness Training Center

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach kids (ages 5 to 15) and adults (ages 16 and up) the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

$150 $49

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$275 for $500 Worth of Personal Training — Synergy Fitness Training Co.

Synergy Fitness Training Co.

Southern Pines

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$500 $275

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$270 for $600 Worth of Conditioning — Team Beach Body

Team Beachbody

Spring Lake

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$600 $270

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10 Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform, or 16 Classes with a Uniform, Test, and Graduation Belt from Go2Karate (95% Off)

Go2Karate

Multiple Locations

Students don uniforms for karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga

$324 $17

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$39 for Six Weeks of Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform from TrySelfDefense.com ($349 Value)

Try Self Defense.com

Multiple Locations

Expert instructors teach essential martial arts skills, as well as discipline and confidence

$349 $39

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$50 for $99 Worth of Services at Zanshin Karate & Fitness Center

Zanshin Karate & Fitness Center

Mebane

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$99 $50

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$57 for $95 Worth of Martial Arts — Hwarang Mastery Martial Arts

Hwarang Mastery Martial Arts

Rocky Mount

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$95 $57

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5 or 10 Zumba Fitness Classes from Queen City DanceOut (Up to 55% Off)

Queen City DanceOut

Multiple Locations

Instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance steps during 60-minute dance-fitness classes, which sync cardio moves with catchy music

$35 $18.75

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6-Week Outdoor Boot Camp from Uptown Adventure Boot Camp (65% Off)

Uptown Adventure Bootcamp For Women

Villa Heights

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$300 $105

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One Class for Two or One Month of Aerial-Boot-Camp Classes at Cirque de Vol Studios (Up to 60% Off)

Cirque de Vol Studios

Downtown Raleigh

Instructors lead circus and fitness classes, including Aerial Boot Camp, Acro Play Yoga, Hoop Dance, Hand Balancing, Meditation, and Zumba

$40 $16

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10 Hot Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Hot Yoga Classes at Ganesha's Yoga and Wellness (Up to 81% Off)

Ganesha's Yoga and Wellness

Greensboro

Yoga classes for beginners to advanced that are taught in 105-degree infrared hot heat and take practitioners through 26 poses

$100 $19

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$27 for $49 Worth of Personal Fitness Program — Pro Body Metrics

Pro Body Metrics

Winston Salem

From the merchant: State of the art Body Fat testing using Body Metrix Ultrasound equipment. 7 site Jackson/Pollock method used.

$49 $27

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Ten or Twenty CrossFit Bootcamp Classes at CrossFit Durham (Up to 80% Off)

CrossFit Durham

Durham

Coaches guide exercise routines that combine weightlifting, gymnastics, and track-and-field techniques to build strength and versatility

$200 $49

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10 Fitness and Conditioning Classes at Fit For Two (65% Off)

Fit For Two

Terry Sanford

From the merchant: Baby-friendly strength training classes and lifestyle coaching for new and expecting Moms

$115 $40

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Five or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Cary Flow Yoga (49% Off)

Cary Flow Yoga

Cary

Vinyasa yoga students flow through poses and breathing exercises, building strength, stamina, and flexibility

$65 $33

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20 Yoga Classes from Porters Neck Yoga & Spa (55% Off)

Porters Neck Yoga & Spa

Bayshore

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$200 $90

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$33 for $60 Groupon — Grind Time Innovations

Grind Time Innovations - Everything Kayo

Laurel Oak Ranch

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$60 $33

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$29 for a Two-Month Membership with Unlimited Fitness Classes at LT's Primal Fitness ($230 Value)

LT's Primal Fitness

Asheville

Expert instructors watch over hard-working exercisers as they climb ropes and lift weights during challenging daily workouts.

$230 $29

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$101 for $225 Groupon — Concord Taekwondo America

Concord Taekwondo America

Old Earnhardt

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$225 $101

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One or Three Months of CrossFit Boot-Camp Classes at CrossFit Gastonia (Up to 77% Off)

CrossFit Gastonia

Gastonia

Cycle through a series of intense exercises in boot-camp classes that emphasize functional fitness

$50 $25

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10 or 20 Classes with Initiation and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $17

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$63 for $139 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Golden Eagle TaeKwonDo School

Golden Eagle Taekwondo

Huntersville

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$139 $63

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Boot-Camp Classes and Personal Training at NuLevel Training (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

NuLevel Training

Apex

Boot-camp classes incorporate kettlebells, suspension trainers, and battle ropes for workouts that tone bodies and torch calories

$119.99 $49.99

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3, 6, or 12 Cardio or Core Sessions at With Pure Heart Center For The Healing Arts (Up to 58% Off)

With Pure Heart Center For The Healing Arts

Indian Trail

Cardio and core sessions target specific areas to improve, each followed by a soothing 20-minute session of limbering Thai stretching

$195 $89

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Two Tae Kwon Do Lessons or One or Two Months of Lessons at US Tae Kwon Do Academy (Up to 70% Off)

US Tae Kwon Do Academy

Monroe

Students learn discipline, self-defense, and confidence during tae kwon do lessons

$50 $15

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$45 for $89 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Karate International of Jonesville

Karate International/gracie Jiu-jitsu Jonesville

Jonesville

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$89 $45

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Four or Eight Modern Contemporary Jazz or Hip Hop Dance Classes at Dancefit By Vee (Up to 76% Off)

Dancefit By Vee

Wake Forest

Jazz classes blend a variety of styles including funk, modern, and street jazz; hip hop classes burn calories to the rhythms of modern music

$60 $18

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Family Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Family Martial Arts

Matthews

Kids learn discipline, self-respect, and martial arts skills during fun-filled classes

$150 $20

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Two Weeks or One Month of Unlimited Access to FastFit Boxing (Up to 84% Off)

FastFit Boxing

Cornelius

Unlimited access to boxing gym with 30-, 45-, and 60-minute workout classes that can start when you walk in the door

$47.50 $9

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at Crossfit 007 (65% Off)

Crossfit 007

Lillington

Certified CrossFit coaches lead group classes through short, intense workouts

$140 $49

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$20 for $40 Worth of Glacier Walking — Fitness Edge

Fitness Edge

Clemmons

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$40 $20

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Integral Yoga Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Integral Yoga Studio

Morrisville

Students flow through yoga routines in calming classes that incorporate breathing exercises, asanas, and meditation

$150 $49

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5 or 10 Brazilian Jujitsu Classes at Fuquay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 65% Off)

Fuquay Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Fuquay Varina

Through training and drills, participants learn the art of Brazilian jujitsu

$75 $29

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10 or 20 Zumba Classes at Studio 229 (Up to 75% Off)

Studio 229

Henderson

Students burn calories and tone muscle as they groove and dance to energetic, latin-inspired beats

$80 $30

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Three Barre Fitness Classes from Barre Fusion (65% Off)

Barre Fusion

Hope Mills

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$60 $21

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10 Wing Chun Kali Self-Defense Classes for One or Two at Sparks Martial Arts, Inc (Up to 96% Off)

Sparks Martial Arts, Inc

Stallings

Wing Chun, invented by a nun in the Shoalin Monastery and popularized by Bruce Lee, gives people practical tools for defending themselves

$360 $18

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Five Cardio Kickboxing Sessions or One Month of Unlimited Sessions at 9Round (Up to 55% Off)

9Round

Multiple Locations

Clients burn up to 500 calories during 30-minute cardio kickboxing workouts divided into 3-minute intervals

$60 $27

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Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.

Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.

300 Hawthorne Ln
Charlotte,
NC
US

Whether he’s practicing chiropractic or conducting health lectures, Dr. Josh McMillon never loses sight of his ultimate goal: to guide his patients toward a renewed sense of “hope and vitality.” This lofty mission, which Dr. McMillon shares with his staff at Proactive Health & Wellness, serves as the philosophical foundation of his chiropractic program. His knowledge of human anatomy and mastery of technology-assisted therapies such as portable ultrasound and the Graston Technique allow him to measure nervous-system functions and break down fascial restrictions to ensure optimal health.

These chiropractic services represent only one aspect of the center’s program for holistic health. Massage therapy soothes tension and coaxes toxins out of muscles, potentially fending off disease. Similarly, yoga classes relax the mind and body with poses that improve one’s abilities to breathe deeply and slither through drain pipes. Proactive Health & Wellness maintains a commitment to the community that extends beyond its flagship trifecta of therapies; the center’s outreach programs include free health lectures and quarterly food and clothing drives.

8320 Litchford Rd
Raleigh,
NC
US

In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.

Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.

3369 Battleground Ave
Greensboro,
NC
US

Crossfit Winston Salem's owners, Kevin and Renee Boyles, both of whom are Level 1 CrossFit–certified trainers, lead a diverse team of certified instructors who motivate trainees to reshape their fitness regimens and lives through the CrossFit program. Drawing from impressive collective experience—including Olympic weightlifting, soccer, and gymnastics—they develop varied routines that target endurance, strength, balance, flexibility, speed, and coordination. Their anaerobic exercises marry with aerobic workouts—body-sculpting and mind-sharpening Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics alternate with functional movements such as squats, dead lifts, and changing the tires on a monster truck. Helmed by these supportive instructors, each CrossFit training session, personal-training session, and CrossFit Kids class pushes muscles through intense workouts while maximizing the release of hormones to the brain and adrenaline into the circulatory system. The dedicated trainers also help their clients develop successful dieting strategies to overhaul unhealthy lifestyle choices.

140 Stratford Ct
Winston Salem,
NC
US

Erica Dixon recognizes that not everyone is a professional dancer, including herself. During her Zumba classes, she motivates students to break a sweat with aerobic choreography that dancers of all levels can catch on to quickly, leaving the pro moves to the tiny ballerinas trapped in jewelry boxes. In addition to Latin styles such as salsa, merengue, and samba, she infuses routines with moves from some of her favorite styles, including hip-hop, African dance, and belly dance.

Erica's passion for helping others get a handle on their health is inspired by her own life. Though she'd always been active, when she started working near a fast-food restaurant before her senior year of high school, she packed on 25 pounds. Despite knowing that if she didn't get fit she was at risk for developing type 2 diabetes?like her father did?she continued to gain weight until she saw him injecting insulin into his stomach. Terrified by the thought of having to use needles, she became dedicated to new habits: eating fruits and vegetables, walking laps around the track, and counting calories. She left college 10 sizes smaller than when she enrolled.

To continue pursuing fitness, Erica convinced a local gym manager to give her a membership in exchange for cleaning treadmills for three hours a week. She reveled in the fit-centric atmosphere and realized she wanted to make helping others get into shape her career, so she signed up to be a Military Recreation intern in Sicily. When she returned home, she earned six gold medals at the USA Jump Rope Nationals and helmed her own fitness center for two years. She's now the proud owner of e-Fit4Life, LLC, where she inspires students to shimmy off pounds in her five weekly Zumba classes. She also serves as a Zumba choreography specialist, traveling as far as Hawaii to train instructors and teach both Zumba and Afro-Caribbean master classes.

2003 South Miami Boulevard
Durham,
NC
US

Heather Rossio thinks confidence is sexy. That’s why she founded Studio X Pole Fitness—to help women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here, experienced instructors show students of all levels how to move their bodies with power and grace. Intro to Pole sessions acquaint first-time twirlers with metallic dance partners through basic stretches, grips, and noninvasive icebreakers. Students can then move on to Beginners Pole courses that teach simple spins and transitions, as well as strength training and calorie-torching floor work. The staff recommends that attendees take at least two basic courses before graduating to Intermediate Pole's lessons on climbing the pole, sitting on the pole, and prepping for upside-down inversions. Advanced Pole classes—at the top tier of the pole pantheon—ready tricks, inversions, and spins for gravity-defying routines or actual moonwalks. Additional classes include Chair X-Fit, which tightens the core, hips, and thighs in 50-minutes sessions, and cardio-packed, dance-heavy Zumba classes. To glide and shimmy effortlessly and comfortably, guests are encouraged to don form-fitting shorts and tank tops.

5129 Bragg Blvd
Fayetteville,
NC
US