Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she 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. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
Studio Z owner Jason Hernandez—along with his staff of instructors—leads Zumba dance sessions that combine the benefits of exercise with the jubilation of a dance party. In a sprawling 25,000 square foot space, participants move to booming Latin tunes along with about 15 to 30 peers. In addition to Zumba classes, the studio houses a collection of weights and exercise equipment.
While many martial arts classes claim to turn fists and feet into lethal weapons, ArtFit’s classes actually hand their students lethal weapons—namely, samurai swords. Samurai swordsmanship, or iaijutsu, is the dojo’s main focus. In classes, sensei teach the 450-year-old art, supplementing weapon wielding and empty-hand defense techniques with the culture, language, and history of the practice.
The course catalogue is more comprehensive than just swordplay, however, and the dojo pays respect to a host of other traditions. Adults and children can master all manner of arts martial, including karate, kickboxing, MMA, and defensive tactics for law enforcement. ArtFit recently introduced a diverse selection of dance classes as well. Though distinct in style, each class is rather high-energy. Students can get a high-impact leg workout in Can Can, tone muscles with hip-hop’s isometric movements, and increase upper body strength in aerial artiste sessions.
The dedicated instructors at MaxOut Crossfit subscribe wholly to the CrossFit fitness method, which has built a following on its constantly varying high-intensity functional movements. Following this body-sculpting regimen, they lead clients of all abilities through intense rounds of movements—best exemplified in the center’s workout of the day—which may include disciplines such as weightlifting, rowing, sprinting, and climbing rope. They also incorporate barbells, gymnastics rings, and kettlebells to pump up strength and endurance between each class’s warm-up and group stretching sessions. Each day, trainers craft a new combination of these workouts to keep muscles from getting used to routines or falling asleep mid-deadlift. The center’s nutritional program further helps clients reach their fitness goals with a diet based on the consumption of organic foods and avoidance of starchy carbohydrates.
Whether bouncing, swinging, shooting, or running, visitors to Adrenaline City partake in a heart-pounding, exhilarating experience. Four massive attractions let kids and families take their pick of amusements. Choose the trampoline park?Adrenaline City's main attraction?and you'll jump and flip over 11,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines. Choose the ropes course, and you'll balance over rickety bridges, swing above the ground, and wind your way through rope forests while safely tethered to the ceiling. Laser tag grants players with a virtually infinite variety of game modes that only make the 6,200 square foot arena awash with black lights, fog, and obstacles that much more thrilling. For a real-life video game experience, try Time Freak?the colorful game challenges players to see who can press a bounty of lit-up buttons the fastest, leading to a frantic match that requires speed, concentration, and a promise not to play the game on public elevators.
Bodies take up more room when they're stretching, which Yoga Bean accounts for by providing a spacious studio for their yoga sessions. Inside, certified teachers lead first-timers through a series of postures and ensure that each visitor practices proper alignment and doesn’t tangle limbs with a neighbor. With more experienced pupils, the instructors incorporate blocks, blankets, and straps during series of restorative poses and lead groups through inversions and arm balances. After class, guests can reenergize with pastries from local gastropub The Crafthouse or cups of organic, fair-trade coffee from Caffe Ibis beans, which Yoga Bean’s baristas incorporate into specialty drinks such as iced americanos and mochas topped with homemade chocolate syrup.