The folks at Shift Fitness Training cultivate a welcoming atmosphere in their enormous studio. The space, which looks like a playground for adults, is flooded with vibrant greens and aquamarine blues that run along the walls and the two-story obstacle course. One corner is stacked with exercise balls, power balls, and massive tires that gave up their dream of joining a clown car. TRX suspension equipment dangles between two sets of stairs, used for training and classes. Shift Fitness has also invested in fitness technology, including a Bod Pod that quickly calibrates body composition as guests sit back and converse with it using conversational binary. During fitness classes, trainers tutor groups in the basics of functional fitness, combine cardio cycling with TRX strength training, or lead them through whole-body Body Fit workouts. For those who'd rather break away from the pack, personal trainers work with all fitness levels, from beginning exercisers to those seeking advanced sports conditioning.
A canopy of sturdy yellow TRX straps and plump, heavy bags hangs down from the ceiling at FloresFitness, waiting for willing guests to hold on tight or pound away. Whichever implement visitors choose, certified instructors will shepherd them along to help build lean bodies and strong cores. At FloresFitness, kickboxing and boxing classes pepper heavy bags with a flurry of punches while also allowing students to step in and duke it out inside a real boxing ring. Nationally certified TRX instructors teach exercises that build muscle while also challenging the core muscles, and kettlebell classes build the hip speed vital to improving one’s softball swing or Saturday Night Fever impersonation.
A person dangles above the ground in a hammock, elongating their limbs and modulating their breath. It's not a leisurely afternoon in a backyard, it's just another day in aerial yoga class at Point of Balance. The yoga studio's certified instructor, Kara, guides students through a variety of inventive classes such as this. She teaches a flow course that emphasizes constant movement and an aqua class that emphasizes swimming the English Channel in one breath. Not only does Kara accommodate students of all yoga skills, from beginner to advanced, but she can also use American Sign Language to boost the inclusiveness of her curriculum.
The facilities of inferno Fitness & Sports span 25,000 square feet and include a full-size basketball court, a private CrossFit studio, and an octagonal cage. Inside that cage, members can practice skills learned during classes taught by veteran coaches. The gym also offers combat conditioning classes that fuse aerobic exercises with self-defense techniques and calorie-burning Zumba classes set to latin, hip-hop, and salsa music.
At Zumba Funfitness classes, instructor Stacy Harstad shepherds students through that initial period they students sometimes feel silly, focusing first on learning footwork before advancing to upper-body moves. The booming rhythms of Gloria Estefan and the Kumbia Kings blend with Maroon 5 and Pitbull as the sonic backdrop for each class. Stacy conducts each class as if she were leading an orchestra—using sweeping hand gestures and flashing lights—and encourages students to modify maneuvers to suit their own style and speed. Zumba students should avoid wearing workout attire that restricts movement, such as skinny jeans or a straitjacket.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.