Experienced Zumba instructor Amy Quinonez leads participants through fat burning, dance-fueled fitness classes five days a week. Created by choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez, Zumba decimates calories and burns fat with easy-to-follow dance moves set to cardio-boosting, Latin-inspired rhythms. During the last 20 minutes of each one-hour session, Amy leads students through a Zumba abs routine, crunching cores with aerobic regimens and interpretive reenactments of Paul Revere’s Ride. Most classes consist of about 20 students, and Amy frequently updates the music and choreography to keep class as fresh as the air wafting from a laundromat in an orange grove.
With high-energy moves and a vivacious soundtrack, Zumba classes taught by Amity Humphries infuse dancing feet with latin rhythms while burning excess calories. For an hour on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., hip-shaking disciples follow Amity’s choreographed routines, stepping through cardio-based dance-fitness sequences backed by the sounds of salsa, tango, hip-hop, and other lively genres. With drop-in casualness and a playful intensity, Zumba classes eradicate gym doldrums and obligatory small talk with weight machines, allowing torso twisters to party their way to sleek physiques.
My Physique is a women-only workout facility offering a variety of exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. For an intense workout, My Physique's Body Chizel class combines dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, body bars, and other specialized equipment for full-body sculpting, while circuit trainers lift inanimate objects and animate cardiopulmonary systems with cardio routines. For fun, low-impact fitness, My Physique also offers hip-slimming Zumba dance classes and limb-lengthening Pilates.
Named Choice Fitness Center by readers of Abilene Reporter-News, Hendrick Health Club helps health-conscious Texans watch waistlines in an upscale facility filled with high-quality workout machines and a variety of fun classes. With 10 visits to Hendrick’s gym equipment and classes, fitness-seeking folk can fit several types of exercise into their schedules or human-sized fanny packs.
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.
Equipment: Ellipticals, treadmills, recumbent bikes, steppers, spin, Nautilus, free weights
Students should bring: Bottle of water, Yoga mat for yoga and pilates
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We try to provide a personal training environment that you do not have to pay extra for. We want our clients to have all their questions answered, and [we want to] be a resource for them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
No. We follow the standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Heart Association that moderate levels of exercise are extremely beneficial. If you are constantly hurting, you will not continue, so we want our clients to find a healthy balance of working hard enough to get benefits, but not overtraining.