The dynamic classes at Bella Barre Fitness combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and dance with body-toning poses performed on a ballet barre. During workouts, instructors guide exercisers through isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat more efficiently than wearing a George Foreman grill. Instructors correct and refine students' postures throughout the class to help them master the barre fitness routine. Students of all ability levels are welcome, and no dance background is needed to participate.
At InFit, more than 40 experienced fitness instructors lead energetic group classes and provide personal training in private workout sessions. 90 group classes include Tabata workouts, high-intensity interval training, spin, Pilates, and YogaFlow classes, which use a fluid sequence of poses to improve clients’ flexibility and help negotiate laser alarm beams during the big diamond heist. The gym encourages exercise at any time of day with four class studios, 24-hour access, and fitness-focused childcare and camps.
Grandmaster Byung Yul Lee founded World TaeKwonDo Academy in 1969 after emigrating to the U.S. from South Korea. Today, his legacy continues to shine at the academy, now run by his son. At their 12 locations, instructors teach traditional and sport taekwondo, unlocking the secrets of the discipline’s signature kicks and strikes. Teen and adult classes incorporate self-defense, tension exercises, and cardiovascular workouts, and little dragons lessons teach focus and coordination to students aged three to five. After-school taekwondo combines daycare with martial arts; after grabbing a ride to the academy, students pair homework sessions with confidence-building taekwondo lessons. In addition to the academy’s namesake martial art, students of all ages can also expand their combat knowledge with jiujitsu, cardio kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or kumdo sword training, or enroll in a yoga class to balance body and mind.
After suffering from burn wounds at a young age, Kristin Cromie found her way back to health and peace by practicing yoga. She went on to earn CorePower Yoga certification and open her own studio, Yoga Spice. There, she guides classes that cater to different levels of experience. The relaxing, candlelit Flicker class, for example, focuses on gentle stretches, and the Spicy 90 class revolves around invigorating poses that help students work up a sweat.
Yoga is universal. In keeping with that notion, Synergize Yoga welcomes any and all students to practice at its studio—beginners, experienced yogis, and expectant mothers all can find a class right for them. Along with energizing flow classes, the instructors lead meditation sessions and Yin yoga.
Together, Jose Lara and Amara Kamara wrack up 25 years of experience in fitness and rehabilitative fields. At Boot Camp MSP, they funnel that wealth of exercise and physiological knowledge into heart-blasting, muscle-busting workouts. Unlike regular gyms, where exercisers are liable to inhale recycled air or errant medicine balls, Boot Camp MSP gets exercisers into the great outdoors, holding each session in either Nelson Park or Elm Creek Park Reserve. They combine this outdoor body blast with nutritional seminars led by a licensed dietician.
Though their mission is to whip their clients into shape, their methodology is a relaxed one. “If it is not fun, then don’t do it,” says Amara. “For me, making you laugh at loud during your session is one of the many [things] I love about this job.”
Surrounded by cheeky pink carpeting and floor-to-ceiling racks of metallic-colored medicine balls, instructors at Studio K lead 45-minute fitness classes, many of which focus on seniors. With a stone fireplace nested in the corner and mirrors surrounding the walls, cozy classes whip cores into finer fettle during yoga and mat Pilates, and patrons cut a cardio rug during dance-aerobics sessions that include Zumba and Latin Dance. Studio K takes part in the SilverSneakers program, which modifies cardio and strength workouts for seated routines, making it easier for older students and reigning monarchs to participate.