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 off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Chronic pain in her neck and lower back brought Melanie St. Georges into her first yoga class. She walked in stressed, tired, and afraid to fail. Despite that fear, she dove into her first class, and as she continued to practice daily, not only did she find herself pain-free, but she felt much more relaxed and balanced.
Today, Melanie leads her own team of dedicated instructors in the hopes of making yoga accessible so that others may discover its healing powers. Utilizing the Barkan Method of hot yoga—a variant of Hatha yoga—their classes aim to strengthen and stretch the entire muscular system while relieving mental stress. Heated air helps the body flush out toxins while deepening stretches and staving off injuries caused by a recent move into Aladdin’s lamp. When they’re not teaching yoga, instructors help clients boost their core strength with Pilates sessions that take place in a moderately heated environment. Blissful Spirits also offers daily donation-based daycare services during select hours.
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New Mexico-native, competitive kickboxer, and Navy veteran Javier Rodriguez has been reveling in the perks of prime physical fitness since the age of seven. Due to a lifetime of training, the act of maintaining a healthy bodyweight, eating a wholesome diet, and keeping fat-producing stress at bay has become second nature to him. Now Rodriguez strives to instill these core values in others during his indoor boot-camp program. Along with a team of certified trainers, he combines cardio workouts with resistance training to boost metabolism and tone up physiques. To build upon the foundation laid down in group classes, the team at Fit Body Boot Camp lead custom one-on-one personal-training sessions and offer nutrition plans that act as sensible eating guides. Staffers lead workout sessions atop triple-bonded foam flooring, which helps protect joints and cleverly disguised glass limbs from damage.
Martial artists stomp, whirl, and jump across Judgement MMA & Fitness's 5,000 square feet of floor space, as trainers help them perfect their boxing, jiu-jitsu, and muay thai techniques. By tailoring lessons to each attendee's age and ability level, staffers push individuals to overcome their personal barriers, whether they be mental blocks or mimed walls. They even adapt their strategies to kids, coupling lessons in self-defense with important instruction in self-control and responsibility. Aspiring fighters can also prepare for in-the-ring combat by participating in practice bouts against live opponents instead of cardboard cutouts of their opponents.
Certified personal trainer Vinny Ferdinand used to be on the other side of the barbell: as a competitive power lifter, he won—and stills holds—a state record. Now, he applies the knowledge he gained during his own coaching to build strength and confidence in others. He's willing to help exercisers do more than just build muscle—his clients include people hoping to lose weight, gain speed, or simply develop a healthier lifestyle. To push clients toward these milestones with a safe and holistic approach, Vinny enlists a team of specialists, including a nutritionist, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, and a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
Certified yoga instructor Cathie Frank has had yoga in her life since she was a young girl, just playing around while her mom did yoga. It wasn't until later in her life, though, that yoga became a more serious adventure—and a journey of self-healing and personal development. Now, at Rio Rancho Yoga, she shares this love and knowledge of yoga in a variety of classes, including gentle flow and more fast-paced Vinyasa sessions. Seniors who've attended her gentle flow classes have liked the way she makes yoga accessible, while keeping it a fun challenge.