In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old–12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.
The personal trainers at Flair Health & Fitness are passionate about helping their clients transform their bodies, and most importantly, their health. Using a common-sense approach to fitness and nutrition, they lead clients through workouts that help tone muscles and diminish fat. Along with one-on-one training, the studio also offers small group classes that incorporate fun, challenging workouts.
At Beyond Limits, the staff and students alike unite under a common love for movement, whether it takes the form of lively dance steps or energetic exercises. In fitness centers and schools throughout the local area, the passionate instructors lead students through Zumba and boot-camp workouts designed to build strength, enhance energy, and slim waistlines. The experienced coaches also captain a dance company that performs at concerts, community events, and fundraisers.
To supplement their clients’ workouts, instructors dole out nutritional guidance, emphasizing wholesome habits over unhealthy weight-loss tactics such as crash dieting or dumping the contents of your fridge into the city’s water reservoir.
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.
Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.
Dana Smith, a specialist in Thai yoga massage, reiki, and intuitive counseling, added one more entry to her resum? in 2003?owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga. Dana, who is registered with the National Yoga Alliance, works with an expansive list of specialist instructors to lead classes for all skill levels. They skillfully reveal the poses of styles such as flow yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga, as well as YogAbs and power flow, which focus on strengthening the core and detoxifying the body. Dana also offers various wellness services such as reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, and life coaching.