The Fitness Factory of Colorado Springs bases its workouts on the simple idea that people can have fun and get a rigorous cardio workout at the same time. Bumping Latin and international tunes set a dance-party rhythm in the studio’s Zumba classes that blend cha-cha, salsa, reggaeton, rumba, and other dance styles to create high-energy routines. The beginner-friendly courses range from traditional Zumba to Zumba Toning sessions, designed to sculpt specific muscles, and Zumba Gold, aimed at exercise newbies. Yoga sessions and hip-hop lessons complement the core of Zumba offerings. Students can sample four different styles at the Saturday Morning Mixer, where they can select their own workouts from 30-minute mini-classes rather than cobbling together an entire gym from used shoes.
By the end of her first Zumba class, Emy Manos was hooked. The fitness enthusiast began to attend as many as three classes a day and eventually went on to earn her Zumba instructor certification. Today she brings her dedication and years of experience to her own studio—Dance Fitness with Emy. She welcomes fitness seekers of all abilities into the colorful space, where she leads her students through lively Latin dance-inspired workouts amid upbeat international tunes. On Fridays, Emy hosts Club Zumba, a party class, complete with dancing and disco lights.
When Dave Solon Kia needed a choreographer to create routines for its touring "Hamstars" mascots, it turned to Joseph Cantu. A master of hip-hop dance—from the pop and lock to krumping—Joseph incorporated some of his freshest moves into the Hamstars show, which was performed on Fox and at several Colorado Springs high schools. At J & J Hip Hop Dance Instruction, Joseph teaches the same dance styles to beginning and intermediate students, who hone skills such as breaking, tutting, and sliding.
Equipment: Two complete circuits: weighted and hydraulic
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
When water reaches a temperature of 211 degrees, it's still water. One degree higher, however, and the liquid swiftly transforms into steam. It's an apt metaphor for 212 Degrees Fitness, where certified personal trainers?including 2009 Golden Gloves winner Delisa Novak?help students transform their physiques with engaging workouts. Ranging from boot camp to kickboxing to yoga, the studio's small-group sessions blend cardio and strength training into concise, 30- to 45-minute full-body workouts. For clients with specific fitness goals in mind?from slimming waistlines to sculpting a six-pack atop another six-pack?212 Degrees' personal trainers also host private appointments.
Both Angela Goss and Lyza Posey love Zumba because the workout doesn’t feel like a workout at all—it feels like a party. In fact, the Latin-inspired dance routines, set to high-energy tunes, can burn up to 1,000 calories in a one-hour class. Students of Zumba with Angela and Lyza gather twice weekly for these 60-minute sessions.