Each trainer at Studio V Fitness holds at least one certification, while many hold multiple fitness certifications and degrees in related fields such as exercise science. Collectively, they use their knowledge to inspire participants to achieve their fitness goals with a variety of dynamic classes. Zumba classes get hips shaking with Latin beats and dance routines designed to shed calories, and other classes such as TRX suspension training and spinning focus on strength training, cardio, core exercises, and flexibility. They also lead Fitness Yoga classes that help develop lean muscles, core strength, and balance through Hatha and Vinyasa principles.
Althea "Tiah" Barnes has spent years teaching liturgical dance to both kids and adults. She has switched gears at her self-named Zumba studio, where exercisers of all fitness levels partake in the energetic, dance-inspired workout. It's clear that Barnes isn't one to sit still, which may explain why she also created her own classes called Music & Movement 4 Kids, a program inspired by Zumba but tailored to preschoolers.
A-1 Fitness Center’s owner, Ryan Griffith, has more than 15 years of martial-arts experience, during which he racked up a second-degree black belt in MMA and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. At A-1 Fitness, he helms a team that offers a variety of programs to help clients tone their bodies or train for fitness, self-defense, and competition. Their adult MMA program blends kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and weapons training, and kids' martial-arts programs focus on self-defense while also stressing important concepts such as health, respect, and self-control. In additional studios, yoga instructors guide students through centering poses, and Zumba instructors help clients burn calories through dance moves.
Equipment: Zebra Mats and heavy bags, Title conditioning equipment, weights
Students should bring: Bottle of water, small towel, workout clothes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be prepared to work out, have fun, and train like a professional athlete.
When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
At Couture Fitness, a team of dance and fitness gurus help their customers with a variety of classes offered in a fun environment, where students of all ages are encouraged to create positive peer pressure among the group to help achieve personal fitness goals. The team—which includes personal trainers, nutritionists, Zumba and yoga instructors, and massage therapists—offers a weekly schedule of classes designed to help build power, speed, and agility, such as kickboxing, Zumba, cardio, Pilates, and yoga. Members also receive access to massages, nutrition sessions, and spray tanning.