Mark and Dorie Wexler?along with a talented staff of multicultural instructors?enthusiastically spread the irresistible rhythm of Latin beats through their signature Zumba fitness and salsa classes, earning their location the title of Best Dance Studio from Colorado Springs Independent in 2013 as well as Best Adult Dance Studio from the Gazette in 2014. The Wexlers view dance as a form of fitness rather than one of competition, allowing students to enjoy themselves and experiment without the fear of being rated or punched in the knees by ornery judges.
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
The owner of M2 Core +?came to the fitness industry through necessity, as she struggles with?scoliosis. By leading?the?studio's Megaformer?workouts, though, she's so far kept?her core?stomach and back muscles?strong; thus, helping to keep her condition under control. The person she has to thank for all this? Sebastian Lagree.
Lagree is the fitness titan who?invented the aptly named?Lagree Method, a full-body conditioning regimen that promotes fat-burning without resulting in?bulky muscle. Thanks to the workout style's wealth of drills and modifications, the routines can be adapted for exercisers of all abilities and those with back and knee injuries, as well. It's the linchpin of M2 Core +'s workouts, and is backed by the Megaformers?the custom-weighted?resistance equipment students sweat on. To boost motivation, the team plays high-octane songs during workouts, rather than just singing "Happy Birthday (to Muscles)" throughout each class.