Though many dance-fitness fads have come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.
The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone?s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
Angie Lewis never considered herself an artist. When she first began dabbling with paint, she found herself overwhelmed by choices. After fretting over what paintbrush to use and what brand of paint to buy, she eventually gave up and stuffed her art supplies—and her creativity—in the back of her closet.
They remained there until one day, while visiting friends in Denver, Angie attended an "entertainment-style" art class. It had music, wine, and a casual "it's OK to mess up" vibe, and Angie knew she just had to bring the concept home with her to Nebraska. And thus The Corky Canvas was born, a place where friends and artists of all skill levels gather with paintbrushes in one hand, and wine glasses in the other. At two Corky Canvas locations, Angie and her team of instructors lead groups through nightly featured painting, private parties, team buildings, and more. Painters are always welcome to change the colors of their class's suggested design, or to even paint something new entirely, following the whims of their creative spirits.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4?10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
High-tech cardio and weightlifting equipment sprawls across 150 workout stations at Better Bodies, where a knowledgeable staff of instructors and personal trainers aims to cultivate an unintimidating atmosphere for patrons of all fitness levels. More than 60 group fitness classes per week singe calories through cycling, aerobics, and martial arts, and customized weight-loss programs spur fitness goals outside of the gym with step-by-step guidance, personal consultations, and meal plans. Vibrant purple and yellow walls surround treadmills, stationary bikes, and shelves bearing Beverly International supplements within Better Bodies’ bright interior, and a fleet of flat-screen TVs entertains exercisers not busy bench-pressing their sweatbands.
Omaha Power Yoga's highly trained instructors help students empower their bodies and minds inside an intimate studio space made cozy by cork floors and glowing chandeliers. Teachers design sessions for students of all skill levels, including Basic Power, which focuses on imparting yogic building blocks including poses and breathing exercises, and Zyre Yoga classes, where students work through an athletic, muscle-toning series of poses. During all yoga classes, instructors ensure that students achieve correct spinal alignment during poses, which teach the mind and body to coordinate efforts for an increased sense of body awareness and fewer squabbles over who really holds the spleen's affections.
Dedicated to helping guests locate the core of their physical and spiritual beings, Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More's instructors blend Eastern and Western philosophies into emphatic programs that focus on establishing unity between the mind and body. The sounds of heaving breaths and stretch-induced groans permeate the center?s expansive studios, where instructors lead classes in Pilates and yoga along with high-energy dance-a-thons. Limbs stretched to their limits during workouts can recover with reiki sessions that target the body?s centers of energy and relax muscles still barking from prolonged downward-dog poses.