World Champion Productions owner David Elkin has followed a much-decorated career in competitive ballroom dancing—he has received four world titles, seven U.S. titles, and three British titles—with more than 20 years of teaching. His expertise informs a troupe of full-time, internationally-certified instructors, who teach Latin, swing, and ballroom-dance lessons in private and group settings. The school's Hendersonville location boasts a state-of-the-art sound system with a huge preloaded repertoire of danceable tunes and a raised hardwood dance floor that emits only the tiniest shrieks when stomped on. Weekend nights open the studios for students to strut the stuff they've learned in class, with complimentary adult beverages, live bands, and a lighthearted social atmosphere.
True to their studio's name, the staff of Hot Yoga House strive to immerse guests in a comfortable, homey atmosphere. The instructors host classes for all experience levels that bathe bodies in 95- to 100-degree heat, and they complement the warm temperatures with compassionate teachings. Each instructor brings their own character to the sessions, which follow the Barkan method of yoga mixed with elements of Vinyasa and meditation. They blend these styles to help students cultivate strength, flexibility, and personal growth, a feat normally only accomplished by doing handstands on top of a hardcover copy of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.
The 18,000 square foot facility at Hermitage Fitness houses Hammer Strength training equipment, a lap pool, and classes that range from Zumba to water aerobics. Inside the fitness center, exercisers can hit the ground running at an indoor track or pedal away on rows of cardio machines.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Danielle Smith and Jennifer Travelsted founded Barre Co. to share their passion for barre workouts, which combine ballet techniques with intense cardio drills to forge stronger, more flexible, and more elongated bodies. The method borrows elements of the Lotte Berk method, Pilates, ballet, and controlled breathing to help lift glutes, carve lean thighs, and tone abs, backs, and arms. Together with their team of fitness-savvy instructors, Jennifer and Danielle lead intense 55-minute group classes that reward sweat-misted groups with bodies firm enough to support tutus of steel.
As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.