Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
At Her Moves Dance Fitness Studio, exercisers of all shapes and sizes feel empowered as they break a sweat during a variety of fitness classes that turn up the heat with flirtatious dance moves. As energetic music thumps and colorful lights set the studio aglow, encouraging instructors show participants how to use their own body weight to torch calories in such classes as Booty Pop, Chair Tease, Intro Pole, and Strip Tease 101.
At Warehouse Performance, the CrossFit Level 1?certified coaches push exercisers through CrossFit's workout of the day. Designed to confuse muscles and keep exercisers engaged, the daily workouts typically consist of pushups, pull-ups, squats, and other functional movements. The team complements the workouts with serious athletic training?think agility drills, Olympic lifts, timed sprints, and anything else Michael Jordan used to prepare for Space Jam.
Dr. Nicki Hill enjoys sharing her optometric skills with those in need, whether that entails working with patients at U.S. Veterans Affairs Hospitals or performing free eye exams for tornado victims in Tuscaloosa and Pratt City. Shoppers can find the same level of care inside Bell Road Eyewear's airy emporium. There, staff members guide visitors through a large inventory of designer eyewear and illuminate the distinctions between single-vision plastic and polycarbonate lenses. Frames by Danish brand ProDesign and chic styles from Vogue, DKNY, and Jai Kudo rest atop antique-style wood tables. Shoppers can also peruse selections of children's glasses, sunglasses, and monocles fitted with stained glass. Although Dr. Hill can diagnose visual capabilities in-house, Bell Road Eyewear will also fill lens prescriptions from outside optometrists.
With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
The trainers at Montgomery Adventure Boot Camp motivate people of all fitness levels to lose weight in a fun and engaging program. The workouts are constantly changing so exercisers don't get bored?sessions might include resistance sprints, yoga poses, squats, and obstacle-course runs.