Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, sculpts muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds during 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching. It incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats vary too, including special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
Zumba with Whitney’s head instructor Whitney Smith saw Zumba as a lotus blossoming from the seeds of her passion for dancing and cheer. As she describes it in her own words, “Dancing/Cheering have always been my passions, and Zumba has allowed me to continue something I love, while also losing weight and maintaining great physical condition, even after having a child.” Whitney has appeared on nationally ranked all-star cheering squads since the age of 12, in addition to her stints with the Greensboro Generals and Grasshoppers. Now, she leads 50-minute dance aerobic sessions from the artificial green of Proehlific Park’s indoor soccer field.
Named the Best Personal Trainer by Yes! Weekly, Blaze Thompson of Blaze Fitness knows that exercise isn't the only key to a healthy lifestyle. He and his trainers incorporate nutritional counseling into their individual- and group-fitness programs. Small-group classes and boot camps challenge participants year-round. Clients often can be found running suicides in an indoor gymnasium, jumping over logs on an outdoor trail run, and doing pushups in the parking lot at Proehlific Park.
After leaving his career as a player in the NFL, Sammy Johnson set out to build a fitness center that fused the upscale comfort of a country club with the approachability and wealth of amenities of a gym. He broke ground with his first center in 1982, in his wife’s hometown of Concord, NC, before collaborating with his high-school buddies to bring his business model to High Point, eventually creating a world-class gym with 12.5 acres of space, a European-style day spa, and plenty of happy members. Today, Sammy’s eldest son Sam manages the family business. The family oversees one of the largest fitness complexes on the East Coast, with a 75,000-square-foot flagship campus in High Point and a shiny new location in Greensboro. Each facility builds bodies into lithe, athletic forms with mountains of weight-training and cardio machinery, training and recreation pools, and classes in Zumba, BodyPump, yoga, and spin.
Run by Marine Corps–veteran and Krav Maga Alliance–certified instructor Jon Fox, Triad Self Defense arms its students with efficient personal-defense skills. Developed for the Israeli Army, krav maga teaches pupils how to end violent encounters as quickly as possible, honing in on basic instincts to disarm attackers, break holds, and disable assailants bent on delivering crippling noogies. The krav maga program imparts these skills through classes with various focuses including fitness, ground fighting, and more advanced weapon deflection.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.