Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
Maisha McCoy made it her mission to be a health and fitness resource for her community. And her community is in good hands: along with experiences as a group fitness instructor, she was also a retail pharmacist. She currently runs Breathe4Sure Pharmacy Solutions, a diabetes consulting company. This health-fitness background also comes into play at Zumba with Maisha, where she leads Zumba classes at local churches such as Perkins Square Church. Everyone is welcome—including kids, adults, or those with no Zumba experience—to have fun while working hard as they blast calories and tone up during the aerobic workouts.
Body Bank Fitness Center’s instructors view exercise as an investment: when students put in the effort to exercise, they can reap the results of fat loss and muscle gain. They motivate students to gain the maximum returns on their efforts during group fitness classes such as kickboxing, circuit training, and Shred 2 Shred—an intense workout designed to quickly burn calories and sculpt the physique. Zumba and Caribbean Rhythm classes pair easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves with thumping beats, making students feel like they’re at a dance party while whipping into shape.
With 13 Zumba classes a week—as well as yoga, Turbo Kick, hip-hop, and Total Body Sculpt sessions—Brickhouse Cardio Club keeps its vibrant green-and-blue studio jamming with energetic tunes and the sound of feet thumping the floor in rhythm. This haven for cardio is one of many locations of its kind, its success having spread the studio’s reach to many states, including West Virginia and Texas. This location’s special lighting and club vibe put the focus on having fun with each workout, but that doesn't get in the way of the serious sweating that takes place. Instructor Karen Taitano says she's seen many members slim down by two or more dress sizes.
Zumba's international beats and easy-to-imitate movements tone bodies with moves that draw from merengue, calypso, belly dancing, and other styles. This varied approach to dance fitness gets heart rates up more effectively than just doing the moonwalk for an hour, unless you’re moonwalking while carrying a piano. A specially designed floor goes easy on joints as students stretch themselves into yoga poses or strengthen physiques during Total Body Sculpt sessions.
AAU kickboxing champion. SEAL Adventure Challenge competitor. SWAT team member. Fitness instructor for the Army National Guard. Michael Parrish’s resume is a testament to his hard-as-nails approach to staying fit. At Drop Zone Extreme Fitness, he calls upon all of his muscle-sculpting experience to help exercisers achieve dramatic physical results. He does this along with Donavan “I’m a Fair Man” Cox, who draws on his 22 years of experience as a Military Fitness Specialist and Law Enforcement Physical Training Coordinator. These two hardcore instructors help students achieve goals and maintain their fitness progress. Students arrive for boot camp armed with only jump ropes, hand weights, and a water bottle. They can also receive one-on-one guidance during in-home personal training sessions, and additional classes are also available, which include Zumba classes and a Zumba/bootcamp combination class.
Because Thrive! Group Fitness and Wellness focuses exclusively on personal instruction and group fitness classes, its instructors can focus on designing the most effective and engaging workouts possible. Atop bamboo flooring that's fortified with a cork-and-gel layer for a safer impact, instructors lead more than 15 classes, including Barre, Zumba and TRX suspension-training sessions, which are designed to strengthen cores with a series of resistance-band exercises. They keep classes fun like incorporating a mix of yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and upbeat music during Cynergy classes. They believe, however, that working out is just one factor in the equation of overall wellness, offering nutritional workshops, massage therapy, and wellness coaching to maintain focus on the complete picture.
There's a Zumba class for every type of student at Savage Fit LLC. Beginners start with Zumba Gold classes, learning four basic rhythms ranging from merengue to reggaeton, and following along as an instructor sets them to international beats. Next, they expand upon this foundational repertoire with moves such as samba, belly dance, and flamenco, working their way up to follow simple choreography or incorporate strength-training with maraca-shaped hand weights.
While AquaZumba classes turn the dance party into a pool party, Zumbatonic turns it into a kids party where pint-sized students can shimmy and shake with friends of their own age and ability. When Savage Fit Studio isn't teaching Zumba, they also offer Pilates and yoga classes, as well as a girls' night out event on the last Friday of each month.