Art of the Catwalk, an AFAA-certified and 2012 Tally Award-winning pole-dance and fitness studio, is a venue for all women to tap into their wild sides regardless of age or build. The team of experienced dancers and coaches lead a diverse lineup of classes designed to stretch, tone, and choreograph. The team complements pole-dancing classes with Zumba, yoga, belly-dancing, and boot-camp courses for every fitness level. They cap class attendance at 40 participants (or around 10 for pole-dancing classes) to ensure personalized attention and enough space for clients to wear razor-edged tutus if they wish. Art of the Catwalk can also gussy up physiques outside of the fitness studio with an onsite full-service salon. It also employs Catwalk Kittens from Pretty Kitty Productions, a promotion company bent on spicing up most any event, to infuse personal parties with gravity-defying dance moves and infectious DJ beats.
Many of the students at Train. Fight. Win. Tallahassee come because they're preparing for a competition—a boxing match, say, or an MMA fight. But you don't have to have any intention of stepping into the ring to gain from the classes, since many promise health benefits that are valuable to anyone. The conditioning courses, for instance, help students build strength and endurance through pull-ups, pushups, and tire flips, and cardio boxing classes raise the heart rate with punching drills and other exercises. Personal trainers push clients to the next level, whether they wish to lose fat, gain muscle, or develop the endurance to read War and Peace without stopping to catch their breath.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Tallahassee, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Named after the Australian slang for “have a go,” the Avago Mud Run encourages each runner to have a go at a mud-ridden 5K obstacle course. The path is peppered with myriad obstacles ranging from a tire wall and farmer's walk to a hay mountain and mystery challenges. All obstacles are optional; however, runners who don’t complete an obstacle will not be eligible for final placement. Unlike Karl Malone’s birthday shindig, the after party is open to everyone and entertains the masses with live music and beer as they clean up and party down. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
The certified trainers at Women's World lead females through more than 45 muscle-sculpting classes a week, conditioning bodies in a supportive, ladies-only gym environment. Biceps crunch to the beat during Les Mills, such as Bodypump, which works major muscle groups with an assist from barbells, and Bodystep, which spurs feet to stomp up, over, and around a step, providing a glute-lifting workout to render uncomfortable bum brassieres obsolete. Instructors invoke hot and Ashtanga yoga traditions, guiding limbs and torsos during sessions that improve balance and flexibility, and PiYo extends appendages using Pilates and yoga and then adds a drop of dynamic movement that, like mistaking a large cat for a panther, adds a burst of cardio to the routine. Workouts transform into parties during cardio dance classes, such as the hip-hop-and-kickboxing fusion Turbo Kick or the Latin-influenced Zumba. In addition to a venue for collective perspiration, Women's World also has a selection of cardio and weightlifting equipment for femmes to use when operating on a solo schedule.
GroupFit Studio’s owner Sherman Rosier is an NSCA-certified personal trainer, NSTA-certified running coach, certified nutrition specialist, and holds a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. But no matter how advanced the accreditation he receives, he does not lose sight of the most basic tenant of exercise: whatever workouts you choose, have fun doing them. He tailors his classes to meet this requirement: his GroupFit90 classes work the entire body with lively tandem exercises aided by Bosu balls and resistance bands, and his DanceTance workouts fuel dance-based workouts with energetic funk, Latin, and hip-hop music. Exercisers who need an extra shot of oomph can also meet for a nutritional-coaching session, which provides a clearer insight into workout-friendly munching than spying on Sylvester Stallone while he shops for groceries.