Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Team 2 Sweat's dedicated trainers believe that the path to fitness is a journey that spans the mental, physical, and spiritual realms. They strive to build healthy, sustainable practices in their students as they create a fitness-minded community that tackles obesity and harmful habits head-on. During each class, they overhaul unhealthy lifestyles with aerobics, boxing, cardio, and self-defense, leading students through 16 exercise stations in varying levels of intensity. The class ends with a cooldown before a short prayer and meditation session to balance the mind.
Certified personal trainer Marie Clay can vouch for the effects of dance fitness firsthand: her programs helped her lose 63 pounds. She shares her story during Zumba classes, motivating her students to festively burn calories with easy steps rather than dangerous birthday-candle diets. Marie channels her decades of dance, teaching, and exercising experience at multiple locations, including her studio and local gyms.
The Dayton-area branch of the YMCA began before the Civil War, but disbanded when war struck. Re-founded in peacetime, individuals and families have gathered at the Y for more than 140 years to enrich themselves through health and wellness programs. Eleven campuses serve the entire community—babies as young as 6 weeks old can attend childcare programs; kids can take gymnastics and soccer lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; seniors can keep fit through Active Older Adults exercise classes; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.