As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
The certified instructors at Hard Knox Boot Camp help exercisers of all fitness and skill levels tone up in a gamut of flab-scorching outdoor exercises. Combining military and civilian workout regimens, each of the sweat sessions wields both cardio and strength-training exercise designed to firm muscles and evict calorie squatters from their junk-food shanties. Trainer Nicole will challenge and motivate trainees to achieve higher levels of fitness, though the intensity of each exercise can be adjusted to match individual abilities and limitations. Campers can begin the search for their inner G.I. Joe by checking the schedule for a complete list of dates.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with a 30-minute custom workout that incorporate cardio and strength training. A fitness assessment determines your fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser. The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
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The quintet of instructors behind Overdrive Martial Arts & Fitness line their walls and wardrobes with a litany of honors, including black belts in poekoelan tjimindie and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu alongside teaching certifications in Krav Maga and Zumba. Their approach to self-defense—summed up in the tagline "there are no rules in real life situations"—rests on a foundation of fitness and situational awareness. Before imparting the dos and don'ts of kicking your way out of a street fight or hedge maze, each introductory class emphasizes using verbal techniques to diffuse situations before they escalate. Should chatting fail, the team equips students with a blend of techniques developed by Brazilian martial artists, Malaysian kickboxers, and Israeli Mossad agents. Embodying the same philosophy of avoiding physical confrontation if possible, kids’ classes blend Krav Maga and Jiu-Jitsu to help children develop the coordination to dodge blows, and the confidence to walk away from a fight while wearing white after Labor Day. The rigorous routines have the added benefit of burning calories and toning muscles for practitioners of all ages, pairing strong minds with strong bodies.