Feet of all sizes fly across the hardwood floors of Xpress Yourself Dance Studio, where teachers help students find their groove in classes for all ages. Children as young as 18 months can get in on the action during Tiny Toes classes that incorporate bean bags, tambourines, and batons. In other classes, teens and adults practice rhythmic jazz and hip-hop moves or strap on tin cans for cacophonous tap routines.
Young gymnasts flock to Twins Gymnastics for training that encourages them to be competitive?but primarily with themselves. In gymnastics sessions, as well as tumbling, cheer, and martial-arts classes, coaches encourage kids to try to top their personal bests. This approach helps build confidence along with skills, unlike the giving-every-kid-a-solid-gold-crown approach, which just builds confidence.
Though now spread over the United States, Crunch gym started in a basement-level aerobics studio in New York City. Despite the humble location, the gym's founders aspired to foster a workout environment that would keep members exercising through entertainment and not shouting from drill-sergeant-like trainers. Their idea was to host fitness classes with offbeat touches, including hip-hop aerobics featuring a live rapper and coed action wrestling.
Twenty years later, Crunch gyms' fitness classes still stray from the beaten path. Body Web with TRX sessions suspend members from a pillar, where they complete gravity-defying maneuvers with help from strong resistance ropes. In Bosu Bootcamp, every exercise is completed on an apparatus that is part balance ball, part core board, and fully endorsed by circus seals nationwide.
Valeria Rodriguez helps her students take charge of their health and wellbeing with fun, interactive dance workouts. Each Zumba session is part trip to the gym, part dance party, with Latin rhythms fueling every twist, turn, and shake. The classes help strengthen one’s core and burn calories. Parents can instill healthy exercise habits with kid's Zumba birthday parties that get kids moving with a playlist full of hip-hop, reggae, and the birthday boy or girl's favorite songs.
The team at ReggaeFit has more in common than the fact that they're all experienced instructors. Each woman has been dancing her entire life. A co-owner of ReggaeFit, Rachel has studied everything from ballet and tap to hip-hop and jazz. Now, she finds herself uniting exercisers under a banner of red, yellow, and green.
The instructors lead ReggaeFit workouts that get bodies moving to the infectious rhythms of reggae and soca music. During every class, they combine light, high-energy aerobics with Caribbean dance moves, motivating women and men alike to shake, shimmy, and groove along with the beats. The facility doesn't forget about younger visitors, either. Kids' classes take groups through a range of slower ska tunes and faster soca rhythms so kids can keep up at school dances when the DJ loses control of the tempo button.
Pompano Fitness’ 33,000-square foot fitness center encompasses everything members need to complete a challenging workout—from Hammer Strength machines to free weights, elliptical machines, and Stair Masters. Certified group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga, circuit training, and Zumba, and clients will find they don’t have to wait long, if ever, for machines, since there’s a dizzying fleet of treadmills and bikes lined up in rows. A staff of certified personal trainers offers customized workouts and nutritional counseling to members, answering fitness questions and counting abs au gratis on the floor as well.