24/7 Health & Fitness Center equips members with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, Zumba classes, and the opportunity to work out at all hours of the day. Kettlebells and dumbbells sit neatly organized, and an array of strength-training machines utilize pulleys and levers to help gym-goers build lean muscle. Stationary bicycles, treadmills, and elliptical machines get legs and endorphins pumping, creating the perfect training circuit for upcoming marathons or city-council races.
At Island Fitness Studio, bodies learn to defy physics, becoming at once firm and bendable. That's because the instructors specialize in tightening cores and enhancing reach. Their group Pilates, yoga, and Beyond Barre sessions coach muscles in the art of balance, extending limbs upward during hot Vinyasa sequences and leveraging focused, dance-inspired stretches against a ballet barre. Other classes, such as TRX suspension training and spinning, complement these flexing routines with resistance and cardio workouts.
Power Pilates–certified teachers also lead private apparatus sessions. They familiarize clients with the Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, and other props, all of which develop patrons' posture and strength more safely than fusing steel beams to their skeletons. Regardless of the number of people involved in a lesson, the guides personalize their approach to suit varying goals and fitness levels. The studio can even furnish advanced students with Power Pilates and Beyond Barre certifications.
A lifelong athlete, Terra Michelle Frost is no stranger to pushing her body to its limits. So when she gained close to 50 pounds with each of her two pregnancies, she decided to take on the challenge of getting back to her pre-baby weight. Terra accomplished this formidable task—twice—and now she uses her own experience slimming down to lead a variety of entertaining fitness classes, such as four types of Zumba and yoga.
CombatFitnessHH has reimagined traditional circuit training so it's more applicable to the everyman—and much more fun. During boot-camp-style workouts, a skilled instructor pairs dynamic movements and agility exercises with sledgehammers, tractor tires, and heavy chains, improving clients' strength in every plane of motion. Over time, the body adapts to these workouts, and better performs everyday tasks such as carrying groceries or performing celebratory dances after spiking another log in the fireplace.
Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.