When lifelong dancer Mary Rose Field discovered Zumba, she was an immediate convert. After earning her Zumba certification, she founded Studio Z Fitness and spread the fitness craze at a zealous pace, outgrowing her first studio in only two months. Today, she oversees two studios—Studio Z Fitness and Studio Z Fitness II—and grants members unfettered access to both locations.
On a daily basis, Mary and the studio's teaching team guide students through various types of Zumba workouts. Although sessions vary by style and instructor, they all involve fun, easy-to-follow dance moves set to the rhythm of Latin-inspired music. For two years running, Studio Z Fitness has topped the New Haven Readers' Poll as the best place to take Zumba and the worst place to build a house of cards.
At Couture Fitness, a team of dance and fitness gurus help their customers with a variety of classes offered in a fun environment, where students of all ages are encouraged to create positive peer pressure among the group to help achieve personal fitness goals. The team—which includes personal trainers, nutritionists, Zumba and yoga instructors, and massage therapists—offers a weekly schedule of classes designed to help build power, speed, and agility, such as kickboxing, Zumba, cardio, Pilates, and yoga. Members also receive access to massages, nutrition sessions, and spray tanning.
Each trainer at Studio V Fitness holds at least one certification, while many hold multiple fitness certifications and degrees in related fields such as exercise science. Collectively, they use their knowledge to inspire participants to achieve their fitness goals with a variety of dynamic classes. Zumba classes get hips shaking with Latin beats and dance routines designed to shed calories, and other classes such as TRX suspension training and spinning focus on strength training, cardio, core exercises, and flexibility. They also lead Fitness Yoga classes that help develop lean muscles, core strength, and balance through Hatha and Vinyasa principles.
No matter how you prefer to work out, Prime Time Fitness promises the proper fitness tools. That commitment encompasses cardio equipment and free weights, fitness classes such as spinning and cardio kickboxing, and personal training with coaches who specialize in getting postnatal bodies back into shape. Exercisers can reward themselves with a protein shake after a workout or simply enjoy the alone time that onsite childcare affords.
Though centered around various Zumba classes, the curriculum at Momentum Fitness is designed to do one thing, and one thing only: make you sweat. But it's okay to have fun in the process. Designed to burn calories, workouts are set to high-octane Latin beats, integrating dance moves and calisthenics for the most effective program. Additional classes includes rhythmic Brazilian dance to tone the core, and S/CORE, which integrates foam rollers that help tone and sculpt bodies.
Althea "Tiah" Barnes has spent years teaching liturgical dance to both kids and adults. She has switched gears at her self-named Zumba studio, where exercisers of all fitness levels partake in the energetic, dance-inspired workout. It's clear that Barnes isn't one to sit still, which may explain why she also created her own classes called Music & Movement 4 Kids, a program inspired by Zumba but tailored to preschoolers.