While working for 13 years as a massage therapist, Valerie Gibson used yoga to keep her own body healthy and in shape. Eventually, she realized she had a desire to teach yoga as well, becoming a certified instructor. While yoga kept her strong, she longed for a bit of fun and cardio in her routine. She soon discovered Zumba, quickly seeking a teaching certification there too. Inspired by her own fitness routine, she started Zuga Fitness as a gym where clients could find Zumba, yoga, and massage all in one place. Now, with the help of her staff, she offers classes seven days a week, helping students of all fitness levels discover a passion for fun-focused exercise.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, instructors treat workouts both as a fast-paced way to lose weight and as an excuse to have fun while dancing to popular songs pumped out of a high-end sound system. A specially designed floor works to support dancers' joints, and instructors keep an eye on each clients' form as they exercise in Zumba, yoga, and boot-camp courses.
Foxy Fit Studios uses pole dancing and yoga to help women get fit, feel sexy, and boost their confidence. The schedule includes a wide array of classes including Intro to Pole, Level 2-5 Pole, Twerk Fitness, Sexy Chair, Pole Fitness, and Yoga, as well as a blend of yoga and pole called Polga. The schedule also includes hip-hop, kickboxing, and stiletto fitness for advanced pole-dancing students.
Though students at Fit or Fight's gym are only required to wear standard workout clothes and a mouthpiece, they might sometimes find themselves sporting MMA gloves, shin guards, and hand-wraps. That's because, in keeping with its name, the studio places almost equal emphasis on exercise as it does self-defense skills. This doesn't mean that students are required to fight—rather, the gym provides much of its training to boost strength and endurance or make users more intimidating if they ever run for public office. The studio offers 12 programs, ranging from general fitness—such as Zumba and cardio kickboxing—to intensive sessions in no-gi jujitsu, boxing, and MMA wrestling for youth or adults. In every program, clients are encouraged to work at their own pace while training as much as possible both on and off the mat.
At Z Total Body, trainers lead energizing and up-tempo workouts that help clients burn calories, lose weight, and sleep easy at night. Members select from a diverse menu of group fitness classes that range from traditional cardio and abdominal workouts to inventive classes that integrate trampolines, belly dance, or hula-hooping. Instructors also build brawn via interval resistance training and muscle-confusion classes and Wild Card Workouts, which blend cardio and muscle training with full-contact card games of Crazy Eights.
The staff of fitness experts at Best Body Fitness works with its clients to lose weight and tone muscles with training and nutrition. In addition to body-composition analysis and personal training, the staff also offers fitness classes such as Hard-Body Yoga, which combines the stretching of yoga with strength training.