Professional Latin dancer and certified Zumba instructor Tabra Tacuri embraces the link between dance and fitness: her dance career with longtime partner Anthony—an award-winning dancer certified by the National Dance Council of America and Arthur Murray—has helped her maintain an enviable shape. Together, they lead others in slimming down while strutting their stuff on the dance floor with a combination of ballroom dance and dance fitness classes at Fit 4 Life Ohio. The pair leads group and private dance lessons in ballroom, Latin dance, and Argentine tango and works with betrothed couples to perfect their first dance for their big night. Shifting the focus to fitness, Tabra once again calls upon her Latin-dance training to help dancers of all levels shimmy their way to narrower waistlines during her high-energy Zumba and Zumba toning classes.
She further motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with in-home personal training and nutrition coaching. In her e-fitness program, she leads personal training and group fitness classes via webcam and Skype, allowing clients to get in shape at home or on a crowded commuter train. The e-training sessions also include personal assessments and interviews to ensure that clients stay on track.
Driven by a mission to provide women from all walks of life a fun and challenging alternative to conventional fitness routines, instructors at Pole Vixens Xtreme lead seven pole fitness classes within a studio outfitted with professionally installed poles. They also host pole-centric parties for gals looking for a unique way to spend a night out on the town, as well as workshops and private lessons.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
Practice helps visitors shape up while invigorating rigid bodies with pliable posturing thanks to time-tested Pilates and yoga practices. Melt away calories faster than a glazed donut held over a Bunsen burner, while also increasing flexibility, improving balance, and developing strength, with your choice of three group yoga or Pilates matwork classes ($17 each). Classes are customized for all fitness levels. Seniors and post-rehab patients are welcome to knock the cobwebs out of their spinal crawlspaces, with a convenient schedule offered to help students firm up without conflicting with rigid UFO-spotting schedules.
Our goal is to share our knowledge with our clients to enable them heal and strengthen their own body and mind.
At Trilogy, we have stream lined our practices to the STOTT Pilates and the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods of movement. We believe these systems are the best approach to therapeutic movement.
Equipment: Keiser bikes with computers, dumbbells, kettlebells, plyo boxes
Students should bring: Water and a towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in a little early to get acquainted with movements and other people
Heather, the owner of On The Fly Fitness Studio, grew up by California's coast, and still spends as much time as she can in the water. In fact, it was swimming that introduced her to the joys of fitness when she was young and led her to coach high-school water polo later. Soon, she realized she not only loved reaching her own fitness goals, she loved helping her students achieve their goals too?so she made a career out of it.
At her studio, Heather leads indoor cycling classes fused with other forms of fitness. She tries to incorporate strength training and flexibility training into each class while using her bikes to help people build endurance or conquer their fear of bicycle messengers. "We modify any movement to fit your personal comfort level as well as your ability level," she says. "We also keep a lot [of] variety so that no one workout is completely the same."