The instructors at Detour Fitness Studios seek to shake up tired workout routines with fun and challenging classes that range from introductory pole-dancing sessions to learning ballet skills on a vertical barre. Their signature Triple Interval Training program comprises four challenging classes, including a 45-minute full-body circuit and a 50-minute combination of spinning, boxing, and crunches, all of which aim to strengthen cores. In addition to group classes and burlesque workshops, they also oversee three levels of pole parties that can commemorate birthdays and bachelorette events.
Bryan Rhoden, founder of Body by Bryan, employs his certification as a personal trainer and experience in the military to strengthen bodies with his series of Midtown Rush Hour Boot-Camp sessions. Sessions boost heart rates Monday–Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., though more class times may be added to accommodate an increase in interest. After a group warmup, Bryan leads trainees through exercises that include jumping jacks, squat thrusts, sprints, sit-ups, and inward sweating, all of which are performed in circuits to keep muscles continuously moving during the one-hour session. Students also team up for cardio and agility exercises that pit them against mini obstacle courses. Extinguish fiery muscles with a group cool-down, during which everyone sports sunglasses while slouching cavalierly against the wall. Because of its varied training styles, boot-camp sessions can help clients to lose weight and build muscle, and Bryan amplifies the effects by giving all students a free training consultation. Participants need to bring a towel or exercise mat, two 10-pound dumbbells, water, and the ability to listen and do jumping jacks at the same time.
Josh Foster not only brings a positive attitude to workouts, he also brings accolades, having been named the area's best personal trainer by Lagniappe. As Josh The Trainer, he pushes his clients toward their fitness goals with one-on-one personal-training sessions as well as group boot camps. Personal training begins with a consultation in which Josh takes new clients' weight and body-fat measurements and discusses personal fitness and dietary goals, outlining a game plan for future sessions. Boot camps, on the other hand, include a variety of small-group exercises that incorporate weights, kettlebells, and bands.
As the name implies, the certified instructors at Basic Fitness take a no-frills approach to getting clients into shape. Their workouts don't have fancy names. They don't boast cutting-edge fad routines or diets. Instead, they rely on age-old effort, motivating clients through outdoor workouts that change daily. Clients can find themselves running on the beach through thigh-high water, doing pushups in a field, or holding yoga poses in an empty parking lot. The team extends its slenderizing efforts past workout sessions by devising grocery lists filled with healthy and tasty eating options.
Mobile Ballet marches onward toward its goal of enriching the Gulf Coast with spirited ballet performances in its one-time-only production, Carnival of the Dance, which marks the end of the spring season. Accomplished hoofer and artistic director Winthrop Corey, who notably fluttered his feet as the principal dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada, oversees Mobile Ballet’s graceful troupe as it performs its best impersonations of alluring swans, descending helicopter seeds, and torn-up parking tickets caught in the wind. Vivid, electroluminescent lighting dictates the shifting tones of the performance as audience members throughout the 1,940-seat theater marvel at the enchanting pirouettes and calculated tiptoeing that narrate the fairy tales The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, along with excerpts of George Balanchine’s Serenade.