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 up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Stocked full of cardio equipment, free weights, and resistance-training equipment, Fitness 4 All encourages muscle-toners of all stripes to enhance their fitness level. The two-month membership, good at both locations ($19.99 a month), gives full access to all equipment and facilities. Unlimited group fitness classes ($10 a month) include Zumba, Yoga, COREbody Tone, and more, helping to shake up tedious workout routines and exhibit solidarity with neglected quadriceps. Check the February schedule for a list of classes available at the Sylvania location, though unlimited classes can be used at both gyms.
Lead trainer Russ Wakefield draws upon his decades of experience in the fitness industry and the use of carefully calibrated exercise regimens to help his customers tailor their physiques precisely and effectively. His personal-training techniques utilize the gradual lifting practices of the slow-cadence method to safely and steadily build lean muscle and ready clients for more advanced strength training, such as stealing a piano without anyone noticing. Each weekly 20-minute session is tailored to each iron pumper's specific needs, with an array of Nautilis, MedX, and other exercise machines reporting for nonsentient duty. In addition to fine-tuning fibers and incinerating fat, metabolic-rate testing is available to zero in on the calorie-crunching capabilities of the body, forming a fitness strategy built around the body chemistry and aerodynamics of each customer's mortal coil and immortal online avatar.
After honing her basketball, softball, and volleyball skills in high school, Kelly Williams graduated to a new role: early-morning workout queen at the local gym. Despite this illustrious title, her love of fitness began to fade. Before long, she wondered if she liked to move at all. Luckily, hot yoga classes quelled her doubts. Filled with exercises that challenged her definition of working out, these routines rekindled her passion for exercise and inspired her to open Bikram Yoga Toledo. Here, instead of jogging and pedaling to summon sweat, yogis glisten like the sun’s diamond tiara as they pose in a torrid classroom. In addition to making muscles more pliable, the heat helps oust toxins from the body. Led by a certified instructor, each class revolves around 26 Hatha-inspired poses sequenced by yoga master Bikram Choudhury. Paired with two deep-breathing exercises, these beginner-friendly bends and balances tone muscles and push oxygen through the bloodstream to foster full-body wellness. After class, students can retire to the locker rooms, where hot showers dissolve pent-up stress and sweatbands fashioned from Fla-Vor-Ice pops.
The fitness professionals at Transformate Fitness foster a supportive, community atmosphere by encouraging clients to motivate one another in group fitness classes. In physical disciplines that run the gamut from aerobics to weightlifting to martial-arts-based regimens, instructors promote peer interaction in an effort to bolster motivation and mutual accountability. The hope is that by recognizing that they are a necessary part not only of their own success but also of their classmates, patrons will build the determination to continue attending classes, resulting in slimmer waists, stronger limbs, and positive relationships with both instructors and other students.
Alongside instructor-led group classes, personal trainers tailor cardio and weight-training workouts to each individual, helping clients of any fitness level achieve optimal health. Additionally, in an effort to prove that there are easier ways to get a tan than replacing your bed with a pile of flashlights or letting the sun bear-hug you, the facility proffers custom airbrush spray-tanning services wielding organic-based Norvell products.
With its row of simple barbells, rowing machines, and mats, the spartan, warehouse-like space of Crossfit Toledo doesn't resemble a shiny globogym or yuppie fitness center. That's because CrossFit workouts focus on functional movements and intense, strength-building exercises, building toned, powerful muscle with pull-ups, pushups, running, squats, and weightlifting. Armed with an iron will to strengthen their students mentally and physically, the CrossFit-certified coaches continue the legacy of their mentor, Crossfit Toledo founder (http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_Lengel_Morran_2.pdf).