Although the instructors at Underground Yoga got there by way of different backgrounds—vinyasa flow, ashtanga, and hatha, to name a few—they all share an affinity for strengthening students' bodies and minds. Their classes take place in a dimly lit studio with a panoramic skyline mural on one wall and paintings from local artists on the others. Add music and you have a recipe for a hip yoga setting that doesn't mind if the class is your first or 100th. To complement the flowing yoga movements, Underground also schedules two-hour hula hoop workshops where attendees can sling a hula hoop around their hips just like Newton did when he discovered centrifugal force.
The staff at Studio Fusion invites kids and adults of all skill levels to dance and get in shape in a sprawling 6,000-square-foot space with four studios, two of which have Marley sprung floors to soften dancers' landings. The team of dance instructors includes choreographers and backup dancers to the stars, as well as two former members of the Laker Girls.
The experienced crew helps pre-cheerleaders build strength and flexibility during tumbling classes, and teaches beginning and advanced ballet and hip-hop moves to kids and teens. The multidisciplinary fitness program offers just as much variety, including the ballet-based movements of Barre Fusion, Bikini Boot Camp toning sessions, and kickboxing- and tai-chi-based Turbo Kick classes.
The space has been designed with a cozy student lounge with WiFi and a gourmet coffee bar, allowing youngsters to work on homework or their investment portfolios and parents to chat. In addition to annual dance recitals, the studio hosts dance and musical-theater camps. The Broadway Kids program hones the skills children need to be a triple threat—dancing, singing, and juggling three smartphones at once.
Lose weight. Tone up. Have fun. These three things don’t always go hand in hand. But set to the beats of Latin and hip-hop music, Fantastic’s Zumba classes lets exercisers achieve all these things in sessions offered several times per week. With three certified instructors, class sizes also remain small so guests can take part in heart-pumping workouts while receiving their fair share of personal attention and motivation.
At the age of 3, Jennifer Silvas had already began her career as a dancer and child actress, racking up credits on shows such as Full House and Boston Public. Now with more than 25 years of dancing experience and extensive training in styles such as jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and tap, she leads a team of instructors to share her love of dance with the masses. The team helms classes for kids and adults in styles that range from break dancing and swing to bachata, Zumba, tap, and hip-hop.
The trio of trainers behind Nzforce fitness have seen many a would-be athlete leave the gym behind because it didn’t offer them any motivation or fun. They aim to remedy that problem with high-energy group Zumba classes, where students sweat, dance, and make friends. The class-goers help hold each other accountable for attendance, but the organizers make it easy to find time in a busy schedule for exercise by holding classes six days a week.
From Insanity sessions taught by certified Insanity instructors to Zumba, Fitness Revolution's exercise classes span the entire spectrum of energy output. Which means no matter students' preferred level of exertion, they can find a session that suits them including dance-centric Zumba toning class.
Core Fusion Fitness models its facility after a day spa, from its chic aesthetic to its mix of private and shared spaces. Instead of manicure stations and private treatment rooms, however, there’s a room with Pilates machines, a space for stationary bikes, an open gym area with punching bags and a boxing ring, and a spacious studio with high ceilings to facilitate dumbbell juggling. Busying themselves in these areas are the facility’s fitness instructors, who schedule a multitude of group classes. They lead traditional yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and cycling along with more fight-focused sessions, such as kickboxing and muay thai.