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.
Being fit is a necessity for Ian Weinberg, as he regularly runs marathons and climbs mountains. At Ian Fitness, he and his fellow certified personal trainers share their passion for fitness during indoor boot camp workouts. They spice things up each day by introducing new exercises that range from body weight exercises to kettlebell lifts. To help students make the most of their efforts, they also offer nutritional counseling to answer food-and-exercise-related questions such as “What should I eat to augment my workout?” and “How do I whittle a dumbbell into a fork?”
Whether they are coaching athletes or leading boot-camp classes, the trainers at The Xtreme 18 reach beyond verbal motivation to inspire their students with individual attention, specialized training, and a community support system. Inside their gym, a trove of advanced fitness equipment challenges muscles to rethink monotonous routines. The ThunderBell—a modified dumbbell with handles on either end—can act as a kettlebell, barbell, or scepter for summoning Thor's strength during weightlifting workouts. Staff members might also attach resistance bands to various body parts for agility and plyometric drills, limbering and strengthening physiques for a boost in sports performance.
Though its gear strikes many as high-tech, The Xtreme 18's setting is accessible and family focused. Classes grouped by age welcome students as young as 6 to tackle bodyweight exercises and endurance trials, pushing them toward a lifetime of healthy habits and fitness.
Maneuvering on the 16-foot poles at Poledello may seem daunting to anyone but a firefighter, but the fitness pros that teach pole-dance classes can quickly dash any trepidation a student may have. Each staff member each has safety training, and classes are conducted in groups of 10 or fewer students to ensure each dancer gets personal attention when working on moves. That said, the class members include beginners and pros alike—pole dancing can be helpful to anyone seeking increased core strength, flexibility, and enough upper-body muscle to win the annual company wheelbarrow race. From intro classes, to four tiers of Trick and Spin, to Aerial Hoop and Silks, each of their sessions offer a different level or type of sensual dance, with an end goal of honing a tighter physique.
It's plain to see that ballet dancers stay in amazing shape, and there are only two explanations: that all of that practicing is great for your body, or that they are all enchanted statues that come alive when dressed in a leotard. Barre253 reveals which of these is the case by transforming ballet training into workouts that help create sculpted bodies with strong, slender muscles. Led by instructors whose experiences encompass Pilates training, physical therapy, and other disciplines, these classes take place in a dancer-worthy studio on a raised floor flooded with natural light.
Rows of students ride a rush of endorphins at The Handlebar Cycling Studio as they pedal away up to 800 calories per session during interactive cycling classes. A team of passionate instructors lead classes on an audio-visual journey, leading a pack of Schwinn exercise bikes as color-filtered lighting, visual queues, and pumping music push pedals forward. Cycle50 classes infuse a dose of much-needed energy into students' days, and monthly Intro to Cycling sessions help correct common mistakes such as misprogramming the consoles or riding stationary bikes in the street.