Jahaira Oritz-Olowe isn't just a licensed Zumba instructor, she's a Zumba success story. Six weeks after giving birth to her second daughter, she began helping students of all ages and fitness levels shimmy toward their fitness goals. And she hasn't just been teaching others to lose weight, she's been working out with them—she's lost 40 pounds since gaining her certification, which is great for her because she's not a London banker. During group and private sessions, she leads Zumba's easy-to-follow dance moves—inspired by salsa and merengue—set to high-energy Latin tunes. Jahaira also hosts master workshops to help her community get in shape and support such charitable causes as the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Yoga Vita seems to be made of sunshine. Glowing paper lanterns and golden-yellow walls greet all who enter, awakening the senses while melting the day’s stresses. Amid lush, green plants, new and seasoned yogis cultivate strength and focus with lengthy poses, controlled-breathing exercises, and guided meditation. To help students to align their bodies properly, instructors such as studio director Debra Lauren incorporate straps, blocks, and other supportive props. Debra has amassed a deep understanding of Iyengar yoga during repeated trips to India, which have refined her teaching skills and earned her enough frequent-flier miles to book passage to Jupiter.
The Spa at Glenpointe provides fitness and beauty services for all-over health and rejuvenation. The 26,000-square-foot gym is the happy house of individual exercise and personal-training options for members and their children. With more than 50 pieces of computerized cardiovascular equipment, weights, and a heated indoor pool, fitness routines of every variety can be raised and learn to heel at the facility. More than 58 group classes per week cater to interests from yoga to kickboxing, and personal training addresses the needs of exercise newbies and athletic veterans seeking individual attention. Three sessions allow participants to demystify fitness goals and the winding path toward them.