Ma'Keba K. Spicer is doing what she loves. By leading pole-dancing classes, the owner of Vertical Venus Pole Fitness has combined her penchant for nonconformist self-expression with a liberating and alluring fitness form. In her recently opened, lounge-like studio, Spicer teaches spins, shimmies, and twirls around the pole to the beats of radio hits. Her sessions include both choreographed and freestyle moves, inspiring creativity and confidence in her students while simultaneously encouraging them to express themselves or their fireman persona as they slide down the pole.
"We give kids the confidence to protect themselves." These eight words sum up the motto for MartialArtsProgramsforkids.com as well as the mission of their curriculum. At a wealth of locations along the East Coast, youngsters learn confidence, discipline, and respect as they boost skills in a variety of disciplines, including jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. The skills learned in these lessons can also help them defend themselves in the face of bullies and family cats that won't share the remote control.
Certified head trainer Carlos J. Sanchez leads boot campers through an invigorating regimen of diverse exercises in morning sessions scheduled every day of the week. In efficient 45-minute outdoor sessions (held five days a week) or one-hour indoor workouts held twice weekly, fitness fanatics can tighten soft midsections without missing family outings or full-contact backgammon competitions. In supportive group sessions, trainees work at their own pace through a mix of yoga, calisthenics, weight training, and cardiovascular work. Maplewood's muscle masters advise campers to wear loose-fitting or athletic clothing and athletic shoes and steel themselves to sprint through rain and brush away the branches of ingratiating trees.
Jackie Collier-Thomas, the owner of Fitness With A Beat, has been a group exercise instructor for many years, experience that she now brings to Zumba classes for exercisers of all abilities. A licensed member of the Zumba Instructor Network, Jackie specializes in regular Zumba and Zumba Toning classes, which use Zumba Toning sticks and enhanced rhythms to help sculpt and tone the body. Jackie also conducts Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning classes that specialize in moves for active older or deconditioned participants.