When Fit to Dance Club hosts dance-fitness class, it carries a little extra weight. Of the three female trainers, one trained at the Royal Academy of Dance, and two danced their way to fitness through multiple pregnancies. The simple Latin-inflected dance moves of Zumba combine into cardio dance routines, whereas their Pilates sessions build long lean muscle. Their ballet aerobics classes focus on conditioning, toning, and building flexibility, rather than on performance techniques, such as quacking like a real swan for productions of Swan Lake. During Wednesday and Friday Mornings, “Play Group” offers childcare for moms while they work out; alternatively, parents can occupy their youngsters with kids’ ballet classes, which build a technical foundation and expose youngsters to the expressive power of dance.
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.
There are two things that a newcomer notices about CrossFit XSI: how hard the exercises look, and how much fun the exercisers are having. The reason behind both those observations comes from the trainers who lead athletes of all fitness levels through intense, full-body exercises. They structure the workouts around a variety of movements, all of which can be scaled to accommodate all levels, and they encourage a camaraderie among students that keeps people coming back.
At Inner Athlete, certified personal trainer Derik Parkinson pushes clients to reach their fitness goals through boot camps and athletic training. Boot-camp sessions offer varied, strenuous full-body exercises in a group setting. Team training encourages teams to improve coherence and communication, and sport-specific training helps individual athletes reach their potential in their sport of choice.
Attending CrossFit Lehi?s group Crossfit classes doesn?t mean you don?t get one-on-one attention. In fact, the goal of the certified coaches is to tailor each Workout of the Day to each participant, giving them a challenging workout based on their fitness level and abilities. The coaches also offer classes for women only, and their special classes help kids as young as 5 improve their gross motor skills, including balanced running. The coaches focus on conditioning high school athletes as well.
The success of Bikram Yoga at Brick Canvas is a matter of numbers. Within a 3,000-square-foot studio, 90-minute sessions take place within a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity. Once students have completed two rounds of 26 poses—which have been boosting endorphins and soothing stress for ages—they retire to a women’s room with nine showers and five private changing rooms or a men’s room with six showers and two private changing rooms.