Lose weight. Tone up. Have fun. These three things don’t always go hand in hand. But set to the beats of Latin and hip-hop music, Fantastic’s Zumba classes lets exercisers achieve all these things in sessions offered several times per week. With three certified instructors, class sizes also remain small so guests can take part in heart-pumping workouts while receiving their fair share of personal attention and motivation.
OC Dance Studio views dance through dual lenses, both as a path to fitness and a catalyst for mingling. Body barre—a class focused on stretching and toning—sculpts svelte limbs and cores, and cardio dance lessons set to high-octane Latin and techno beats aid weight loss as a personal trainer bolsters calorie burning with personalized workout advice. Alternatively, students can explore movement’s interactive side through social dance classes and studio events, where people can mingle and practice moves such as The Worm or the more social Three Braided Worms.
OC Dance Studio’s panoply of children’s classes complement their adult offerings, building poise and self-confidence in youths aged 3¬–12. Classes span modalities such as hip-hop, tap, and flamenco. During regular dance recitals, students showcase their new skills for friends, family, and talent scouts for So You Think You Can Dance Before You Can Vote. The studio’s shoe showroom outfits dancers of all ages for courses, stocking kicks handpicked by the staff for niche styles such as Latin and ballroom dance.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
The Yoga Mat’s certified instructors unite their diverse expertise to teach classes both vigorous and low-key. They oversee an eclectic schedule that catalogs several yoga methods, such as demanding Vinyasa flow. They teach the Vinyasa modality to challenge students to a continuous series of postures linked with deep breaths, and they teach mindful yin yoga to challenge students to longer-held poses that maximize stretching. The staff also helms restorative classes with guided meditation designed to relax the body and calm skittish spirit horses. To mix regimens up even further, some instructors leverage their Pilates certifications to lead core-strengthening workouts, and yogi and doula Lauren Jacobs leads specialty classes such as prenatal yoga. The staff leads these classes amid homey ladder shelves, houseplants, and gleaming hardwood floors, creating a comforting and serene setting for yoga practitioners of all experience levels.
According to OC Martial Arts & Fitness's website, adults who attend the studio's boxing and kickboxing classes are often shocked by their quick weight loss and newly toned muscles. During those classes, participants slip on gloves, work with focus pads, and pair off for partner exercises. The school's classes aren't only for adults, though—tae kwon do lessons designed for children help youngsters to develop qualities such as discipline, self-esteem, and mental focus.
The trio of trainers behind Nzforce fitness have seen many a would-be athlete leave the gym behind because it didn’t offer them any motivation or fun. They aim to remedy that problem with high-energy group Zumba classes, where students sweat, dance, and make friends. The class-goers help hold each other accountable for attendance, but the organizers make it easy to find time in a busy schedule for exercise by holding classes six days a week.