As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Fiesta-focused instructor Hilary Leaf, a member of the Zumba Instructor Network, aims to infuse her one-hour Zumba classes a party atmosphere. Up to 45 students can flock to each session, which wields simple, Latin-inspired choreography to get hearts pumping to a delightfully syncopated beat. To further amp her students, Hilary pumps Zumba’s signature soundtrack, a mix of upbeat international hits, to accompany rumba, reggaeton, cumbia, salsa, and hip-hop moves. Open to dancercisers of all fitness levels, Hilary only asks that her students choose to don dance shoes or go barefoot and turn off tentacle suction prior to each session.
The Courthouse Athletic Center helps pintsize athletes build sports skills, friendships, and healthy lifestyles at six-week-long basketball and volleyball camps. Instead of playing full-contact Rubik's cube on Friday evenings, kids can burn off energy with a full hour of games and drills led by a friendly, experienced instructor. Youngsters play with campers near their own age and skill level, building confidence as they discover how to levitate volleyballs and putt basketballs into the hoop. The coach encourages each athlete along the way, sharing tips on form, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In addition to becoming better competitors, camp-goers develop perseverance, deepen their love of the game, and learn not to clone the ref, even in the event of a double-dog dare.
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Melissa Leach classes walk a tricky tightrope between the fun, upbeat energy of a party and the challenge of a heart-pumping workout. As a trained Zumba instructor, Melissa fills her sessions with passion, liveliness, and insistence that everyone shake off their worries. Set to the beat of Latin dance music, reggaeton, and top 40 hits, guests dance through choreographed moves from salsa and merengue while sloughing off excess calories and Carmen Miranda fruit hats.
Erin Fouch believes that exercise shouldn't make people self-conscious—on the contrary, it should allow them to access and move with their inner rhythm. She leads one-hour Zumba routines to encourage this expression, planning her own dance-cardio workouts that burn calories and shape muscle. Up to 50 people shimmy through intuitive steps as Erin augments her classes with ab-sculpting techniques, such as the no-limbs Macarena.