Phalanx CrossFit is christened after the ancient Greek word meaning "a group of individuals working closely together to achieve a common purpose." Here, enthusiastic trainers encourage students to help keep one another motivated in the intimate, no-frills gym to up their fitness and overall quality of life. Surrounded by massive tires, kettlebells, and pull-up bars, Zack and Tammy Luikart, and their staff of seasoned fellow trainers guide students of all athletic backgrounds through high-intensity CrossFit workouts. The routines are infused with functional exercises such as weightlifting, running, and jumping, and vary from day to day to prevent workout burnout. In addition to whipping them into shape, the trainers also provide students with tips on nutrition and injury prevention, suggesting therapeutic stretches and the best way to terminate a treadmill you suspect is plotting to tie your shoelaces together.
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.
Get Moving Fitness Licensed instructor Casey began her infatuation with Zumba three years ago after attending a class in upstate New York. Since moving to Apex, she has devoted her time to spreading the good word of the rhythmic workout, leading protégés through accessible steps, spins, and stretches set to Latin music. Now, she divides her time between two studios, but she sashays out into the wider world to host private sessions in guests’ homes, personal gyms, or bouncy castles.
The seasoned trainers at OPT Fitness help blossoming athletes build strength, endurance, and confidence with a comprehensive roster of fitness-minded services. Drawing from years of experience in disciplines such as volleyball, running, and battling ropes, each skilled instructor works to singe calories and coerce muscles to emerge from hiding under rock-shaped tattoos.