The instructors at Perfect Balance Fitness & Martial Arts Training strive to create a happy marriage between Eastern and Western philosophies. Master Al Agon draws from the discipline and fitness ideals of ancient martial arts techniques and modernizes them with instruction tailored to help kids build discipline and focus in school and professionals cope with stresses at work. To earn a black belt, students must exhibit devotion not only at the gym but also in other important aspects of life, such as relationships and school work, striving toward a lifetime of fitness and overall contentment. In addition to the martial arts program, the venue also hosts intense kickboxing classes in which students pummel punching bags until they agree to share the secrets of withstanding a pummeling. One-on-one personal training sessions also adhere to Agon's training philosophy and are tailored to help clients meet their individual wellness goals.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The cleansing, 105-degree temperatures of Bikram Hot Yoga 305's practice space creates an environment that simultaneously challenges students and helps them find the inner strength necessary to forge a healthy mind-body connection. Founder Carolina Villalba has practiced yoga at studios across the country, drawing on the techniques she learned to develop her skills. Each of her 90-minute classes are open to visitors of any skill or fitness level, and instructors create a supportive environment where attendees can feel comfortable testing their physical limits. Over the course of those 90 minutes, classes perform rehabilitating sequences of 26 asanas as well as two breathing exercises. These deep, sustained stretches methodically work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the entire body, improving strength and flexibility as they help restore the body to optimum health. In addition to providing an additional mental challenge, the room's intense heat encourages sweating and loosens tight joints and muscles, allowing students to sink further into each stretch and easily slip into tight scuba suits.
AACrossfit co-owner Oscar Castillo knows what it means to be tough. As a firefighter and paramedic, he often has to push his own body to the limit in order to keep his community safe. Along with a team of highly-trained coaches, he helps others push their own limitations in order to improve their bodies and sports performance, and develop a high level of self esteem.
Membership with AACrossfit gives a group of up to 40 students access to exercises that are always new and surprising. By keeping the activities varied, the coaches aim to build strength and condition bodies in every way possible so that students can one day reach their goals, whether that's lifting 250 pounds or just losing enough weight to fit back into their wedding track suit. To help students on their journey, AACrossfit also runs a blog that keeps members moving with new workouts of the day and alerts them to upcoming local CrossFit competitions.
Teri Sibal is kind of a kid at heart, traveling and playing in the great outdoors in her spare time. But her main passion is teaching children about exercise, nutrition, and wellness as an instructor at Kids & Fitness. There, she and her team of dynamic staffers lead students ages 5-15 down the path of healthier lifestyles, pairing kid-friendly exercise classes with nutritional programs that stress the importance of healthy eating. Adults, teens, and families also get in on the act, shedding pounds and building confidence in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
A contemporary fitness program popularized by celebrities such as Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Goo Jumps classes find students strapping into shock-reducing Kangoo Jumps shoes for a high-energy, low-impact cardio workout. Rebounding elliptical frames beneath the shoes' soles ease contact between joints and the ground as exercisers run, do squats, or throw temper tantrums because their clothes have gotten too big for them. The reduction of trauma to the joints and muscles can facilitate exercise regimes for those suffering from arthritis, sports injuries, and other physically restrictive conditions and also may help correct posture and promote better balance.