When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
Power Fitness is a full-service fitness center dedicated to helping its clients get into the best shape of their lives. At the spacious studio, multiples of every cardio machine help cut down on wait times and group classes and strength training equipment give clients all the calorie-burning tools they need. The classes range from the dance-based Zumba and cardio kickboxing to boot camps that add an extra degree of difficulty. But the facility doesn't just cater to adults—programs such as Power Kids help young ones get in better shape, as do martial arts programs available for all ages.
After spending nearly 15 years experimenting with fad diets and ineffective workouts, James and Stephanie Cuilty found a program to which they could commit. The nationally certified personal trainers now lead the 45-minute classes at Warrior Fit Club, encouraging guests of all ages and builds to conquer a diverse palette of exercises. Five days a week, they gather campers indoors for an ever-changing, customized medley of cardio, resistance, and abdominal-tightening maneuvers. They motivate groups with supportive mantras and dispense basic nutrition tips, such as “Don’t eat that Necronomicon,” to instill healthy habits for life.
Certified trainer Johnny at JBoFitness knows teamwork is integral to achieving fitness goals, but so is individualized attention. That’s why he combines the two during group boot-camp classes that feature intense exercises such as weightlifting, sprints, and even tractor-tire flipping. To meet everyone’s fitness needs, he also offers the Latin-dance-inspired Zumba, as well as fat-burning TurboKick that incinerates up to 1,000 calories per session.
Equipment: Resistant bands, TRX, Rogue pull-up bar, sledgehammer, kettlebell, etc.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Kids and adults alike can develop their martial arts skills and mental sharpness at John Emmons Taekwondo Academy, where classes are taught in a 6,000 foot facility outfitted with training aids. The schedule includes classes for kids as young as 3 as well as adult courses that mix strength work and aerobic training.