Dedicated to helping ladies get in shape, the staff of certified instructors at Fitness with a Twist lead body-sculpting sessions designed to boost women's self-esteem and sultry quotients. During pole-fitness classes, the instructors divulge pole-dancing techniques, including tantalizing spins and core-strengthening transitions from pole to floor. For an emphasis on sensual choreography, students don a pair of heels and ankle-length burlap sacks while dancing through burlesque-style routines with the help of a chair. In addition to flirt-enhancing fitness sessions, the studio also offers boot camps, Zumba, and full-body toning classes, as well as social gatherings for gals?including birthday bashes and bachelorette parties.
Developed for centuries in China, Kung Fu?or Chinese Martial Arts?includes a series of strengthening and self-defense techniques that have been perfected over thousands of years. At Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi, these techniques are incorporated into Kung Fu Fit, unique classes for all ages and levels of physicality. These classes combine the techniques of Kung Fu and kickboxing with instructors helping students learn not just to defensive measures, but also how to strengthen and tone their bodies. Kung fu classes are also available just for kids, where adolescents can work on developing respect, discipline, and the agility to complete chores using only their toes.
Well-versed in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and power yoga, studio owner Sasha Reese has made yoga the driving force of her life for the past 14 years. During that time, yoga has helped her find balance in her life, and she now works to help others find their own relationship with yoga. In all her classes, Sasha incorporates meditation, breathing techniques, and the Vinyasa method of flowing between poses in time with breathing.
Millennium Dance Complex has helped some of the country?s most popular celebrities learn their complicated concert choreography. This global studio franchise has worked with the likes of Usher, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. Well-versed in those same expressive moves that their famous students are known for, the instructors at the Pittsburgh studio train everyone from professional dancers to absolute beginners how to captivate an audience using hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary moves while also getting in a fun workout.
A functional-training studio staffed by experienced CrossFit coaches and former college athletes, Integrated Fitness Training transforms exercisers of all levels into fit, focused athletes. Barbells, gymnastics rings, and rowing machines welcome students to a 3,000-square-foot training floor, where they cultivate the type of strength and coordination they need to meet their fitness goals or slow-dance with a manatee. A variety of group fitness classes matches exercisers with boot camps, scalable CrossFit classes, and cardio-heavy kettlebell workouts. Like a pair of sharpied-on eyebrows, CrossFit workouts increase intensity, incorporating gymnastics-inspired moves such as burpees, muscle-ups, and handstand pushups.
Highly educated trainers—each of whom has a bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science—help clients at bodyXchange fitness tone their bodies and transform their lifestyles with nutrition and exercise programs. Rows of dumbbells weighing 5–135 pounds ring the walls of the 5,000-square-foot gym, where members can swing kettlebells, push sleds, or struggle with a 550-pound tractor tire as well as pumping iron on more conventional Hammer Strength and Icarian strength-training machines. Life Fitness treadmills, stationary bikes, and other cardio equipment populate a separate theater, where wall-hung plasma TVs keep minds busy as bodies sweat and mouths hum the theme to Chariots of Fire.