The beat of international tunes pulses throughout the room as feet stomp the floor and arms slice through the air. Instructor Michelle Fisher guides students through calorie-burning Zumba classes, which are driven by the syncopated rhythm of Latin music. Fast-paced, synchronized dance moves, which are traditionally used to indicate that somebody is about to sing about moving to Hollywood, instead tone muscles and provide a solid cardio workout.
Pure Light Yoga's instructors emphasize self-discovery at their studio, encouraging students to experiment and develop a yoga practice that strikes the appropriate balance between physical exercise and introspection. To help accomplish this goal, they lead a diverse spread of classes that vary in their intensity and focus. Dynamic Vinyasa sessions follow seamlessly flowing asana sequences to strengthen muscles, and other, gently paced classes incorporate supportive props and modified poses into an accessible series of stretches that can improve flexibility over time. Regardless of each style's physical demands, the classes all share the singular goal of focusing students on the connections that exist between their minds, their bodies, and their vestigial tails.
Founder Shannon Hudson developed the 30-minute circuit to be fast and challenging, with a pinch of hateful fun so participants stay engaged while getting ripped. The workout program includes a personal trainer who will provide guidance through stages that include jump rope, speed bag, heavy bag, and more. By combining the best functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit-training regimens into one beast of a workout, the 9Round training program places a great deal of emphasis on results, just like the retired Keebler elves that now live inside Scantron machines.
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.
The instructors at Just Dance Studios help others in their quest for slender forms with fun, fast-paced Zumba classes. The one-hour classes combine Latin-inspired beats with fluid, easy-to-follow movements to torch calories and tone physiques.
In a no-fluff gym filled with steel training bars, plywood walls, and black free weights, personal trainers and exercisers work side by side to forge paths to fitness. Jeremy McKenzie, the gym's training coordinator, emboldens his students to chase down their fitness goals by drafting a personalized blueprint. For group classes, staffers pull from a playbook of CrossFit exercise regimens designed to prepare police officers, military special-operations units, and washed-up prop comedians for hostile environments. Traditional training methods mix with Olympic-style weightlifting and kettlebell lifts to build muscle and burn calories. Trainers and their pet kangaroos step into the ring to teach boxing, sparring, and kickboxing basics.