After eight months of taking Zumba classes, Dominique Lasha?e had a sudden realization?this was the longest she?d ever been committed to a fitness routine. The now-certified Zumba instructor, who has owned a marketing and event company for more than 16 years, combines her party-planning experience and love of Zumba workouts to host infectious dance parties and fitness conferences. Drawing from a range of easy-to-follow international dance moves including Latin styles, hip hop, meringue, reggae, and cumbia, she helps guests of all ages and abilities achieve their fitness goals while simultaneously preparing them to reign victorious in-office dance-offs that determine who gets promoted. High-energy international tunes fuel guests as they shimmy and shake their way towards overall well-being.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Within the pleasant yellow walls of S4L Studios, upbeat music mingles with the whirs of stationary bike wheels and the motivational words of instructor Keith Owens. The former college football player energizes students with a structured regimen, which he learned in a competitive athletic-training program and from years of teaching. Students tone their lower body and abs while bolstering cardiovascular health atop one of the 28 Spinner NXT bikes, pedaling at their own pace and fueling themselves on the student camaraderie that permeates each class. Unlike running marathons or standing in for Lou Ferrigno’s pogo stick, spinning provides exercisers with a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints.
Oluremi Sano had one of her earliest dance experiences at Bryan Adams High School, performing as a Bryan Adams Belle. Since then, she has undergone extensive training and earned a graduate degree in higher education administration. Combining her skill sets, she founded Fihankra Dance & Fitness Studio to create a community that valued both dance and fitness. The studio’s motto is “per ankh seneb,” or health, wealth, and prosperity. They teach more than 14 styles of dance class in an aim to get people moving and help them achieve their fitness goals. Zumba, Bollywood, African dance, and yoga classes run seven days a week.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, a cause-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility, helps active families forge fit physiques and attain balanced lifestyles with wellness classes, nutrition programs, and trained staff within a positive community atmosphere. The Y offers hundreds of group exercise classes to induce heart-pumping fitness through yoga poses, Pilates, and Zumba dance moves, and 10 outdoor pools and eight indoor pools at select locations allow for low-impact workouts, casual lap swimming, family swimming, and intense Marco Polo matches. Personalized PFP teaches personal-training exercises to those averse to group fitness routines, MEND fights childhood obesity through lessons in nutrition and exercise for children and their families, and YMCA Diabetes Prevention help those at risk maintain healthy lifestyles and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Parents can workout in peace with complimentary drop-in childcare at several branches, and family programs get relatives sweating together through a range of fun, pressure-free activities, alleviating the awkwardness of father-daughter dance lessons or mother-son paintball tourneys. Additional fees may apply for certain YMCA programs.