As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Run by an experienced duo of dedicated yogaphiles who have trained under instructors around the globe, Soul Power Yoga leads students of all levels through yoga's vivifying poses and breathing. Eight different class types allow students to choose from a compendium of yogic options suited to different experience levels and fitness goals, from simply building poise and stamina to achieving the bendiness required to fit into the smaller, faster go-karts of the future. Students melt stress in the Relax & Renew classes, focusing on tranquil breathing, and the Power Yoga classes offer three levels of core-building intensity and mind-balancing breathing. The weekly schedule offers classes seven days a week, with classes offered throughout the day to accommodate hectic work schedules and social calendars clogged with semiformal barn dances.
Like a delicious stir-fry, Studio Fusion's curriculum is a healthy and often spicy mix of ingredients. An overarching goal to combat boredom guides each session, and supportive instructors monitor their students with personalized guidance, whether they're showcasing a Zumba spin or one of Cardio Kick's rapid-fire jabs. Their classes range from yoga and cardio kickboxing to aerobic step and the Latin-inspired Zumba. In BarreFusion classes, students tone muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance with ballet- and Pilates-inspired workouts set to music. The staff also hosts personal-training sessions that continue to prioritize exciting routines, and instructors take their classes on the road for parties and fundraisers.
As the trainers at Fit for Life know, the pressure of gravity can hinder an effective workout—especially if you're injured. Because of this, they train healthy and injured exercisers alike on the use of the AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill, which fuses the traditional exercise machine with a zero-gravity simulation device based on NASA-patented technology. Once the machine is activated, an inflating enclosure raises and expands around the runner's lower body. Using differential-air-pressure technology, the container adjusts the air to effectively reduce the runner's weight—allowing them to run, jog, or charleston with reduced joint impact. A touch-screen console, programmable workouts, and varying weight and speed settings help runners take on a different challenge each time they climb aboard.
The trainers at Gravity Training Zone identify as fat-loss specialists, using an evolving training formula that combines progressive overload, interval training, metabolic conditioning, and peripheral heart action. They infuse this formula into their group fitness sessions, which cover subjects such as metabolic conditioning, interval training, and cardio boxing. They also specialize in training for young athletes, empowering them with exercises that boost power, function, agility, and balance for athletic performance. For an even more personal approach, they conduct semiprivate training and in-home personal training.
There’s a common saying in the fitness world: “Abs are made in the kitchen.” In other words, exercise alone won’t produce results. You have to eat healthy, too. At MAX Fitness, certified instructors close the gap between exercise and weight-loss goals during comprehensive 10-week challenges. By combining cardio and strength training with nutritional guidance and motivation, the MAX Fitness team can help participants torch calories, burn fat, and achieve their individual health, fitness, and aesthetic goals.