"Training shouldn?t be your life, it should improve your ability to enjoy life." That's the philosophy at Omaha Kettlebell, and it means they take practical fitness seriously, even if the focus is on simplicity. In group classes held six days a week, trainers introduce corrective exercise progressions that combine kettlebell, bodyweight, and barbell training that can improve strength, boost performance, and make paperweights feel inadequate.
At Sempai Judo Academy, fourth-degree judo and jujitsu black belt Jason Reinders and his staff specialize in the Japanese martial art of judo. During a typical judo match, contestants rely on takedowns, pins, and submissions to either beat their opponents or impress them so much that they burst into tears of joy. The team actually teaches or is inspired by a range of martial arts styles like jujitsu, ninjutsu, and tae kwon do. Judo classes here are also available for kids.
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.
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.
Leise Training casts traditional gym routines aside with intense, varied month-long Xtreme-training programs. Ellipticals and dumbbells give way to tractor tires, sledgehammers, kegs, and ropes as experienced trainers guide sprouting sinews toward their goals in men's sessions. Women scorch calories and build strength with intense interval and weight training and plyometrics fires up leg muscles and helps perfect pogo-stick impersonations. Three sessions per week keep muscles guessing and new at-home workouts hit email inboxes weekly, infusing tired routines with shiny new moves.¬¬¬¬ Trainers also supply novice exercisers with tips for creating their own workouts, as well as nutritional guidance. Classes, held both mornings and evenings, help people of all fitness levels exchange body fat for muscle at the mere price of liters of sweat. Check the schedule for times.
The Ultimate Body Experience lives up to its name. In addition to personal training, participants can work their entire bodies to the brink during Fit Camps, which feature 60-minute sessions that use nearly every mode of exercise—from body-weight movements and flexibility training to rope slams to tire-flipping—to get people fit. The studio features top cardio and weight-training equipment for every kind of fitness challenge patrons might need to meet their goals.