Since 1998, the International Boxing Club has worked hard to reach out and touch the lives of more than 4,000 disenfranchised youths by promoting confidence, self-discipline, and focus. The center's programs have allowed thousands of children to do better in school and develop a strong understanding of both physical and mental discipline. Although youth programs are the main focus at the club, the staff also cater to students of all ages with amateur-boxing and Zumba classes as well as Boxercise, a nonviolent aerobic workout that is best performed inside a refrigerator box.
Though the certified instructors at Zen in the District – Yoga each lay claim to different style specialties—Hatha, Vinyasa, Sanga, and Amrite among them—they share the aim of heightened self-awareness. Their classes cater to all fitness levels, focusing on introspection more than flawless posing technique or perfect nostril positioning during breath work. Whether they are inside the studio or on the courthouse lawn across the street, the teachers strive to downplay stress with caring vibes. They also apply their compassion to community projects, demonstrating yoga for interested Girl Scout troops and regularly donating to the Seagate Food Bank.
A cardio workout at Fitness 19 doesn’t just mean elevating your heart rate—it means choosing among state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines, which range from treadmills and ellipticals to stair climbers and freight elevators. Free weights, such as plate-loaded Hammer Smith equipment, enhance the traditional strength workouts, and the squat machine and other weight apparatuses allow for more structured lifts. A team of personal trainers helps clients incorporate these fitness tools into personalized regimens, and workout classes such as the Silver Sneakers sessions for seniors.
Studio Fitness doesn't want to be a typical gym. Instead, the women-only studio welcomes members of all shapes and sizes with a friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere that's enhanced with soft lighting, aromatherapy, and upbeat music. Women have a range of fun group fitness classes to choose from, including Zumba, Pilates, pole-dance fitness, and martial-arts-inspired BodyCombat sessions. All classes are designed to boost self-confidence and mood as much as muscle tone.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Stocked full of cardio equipment, free weights, and resistance-training equipment, Fitness 4 All encourages muscle-toners of all stripes to enhance their fitness level. The two-month membership, good at both locations ($19.99 a month), gives full access to all equipment and facilities. Unlimited group fitness classes ($10 a month) include Zumba, Yoga, COREbody Tone, and more, helping to shake up tedious workout routines and exhibit solidarity with neglected quadriceps. Check the February schedule for a list of classes available at the Sylvania location, though unlimited classes can be used at both gyms.