The fitness instructors at Studio SWE keep their classes accessible and fun. They welcome clients of all experience levels into group classes such as Zumba, core work, and boot camps, which incorporate kettlebell exercises and just the perfect amount of blinking. On select nights, the studio transforms into a party venue for line dancing classes.
Maneuvering on the 16-foot poles at Poledello may seem daunting to anyone but a firefighter, but the fitness pros that teach pole-dance classes can quickly dash any trepidation a student may have. Each staff member each has safety training, and classes are conducted in groups of 10 or fewer students to ensure each dancer gets personal attention when working on moves. That said, the class members include beginners and pros alike—pole dancing can be helpful to anyone seeking increased core strength, flexibility, and enough upper-body muscle to win the annual company wheelbarrow race. From intro classes, to four tiers of Trick and Spin, to Aerial Hoop and Silks, each of their sessions offer a different level or type of sensual dance, with an end goal of honing a tighter physique.
Since 1984, the studio’s experienced instructors have conveyed their ballroom skills to both beginner and seasoned students, including Dancing with the Stars’ Emmitt Smith. As the instructor team takes the reins during group and private classes, students learn the graceful moves and footwork for the cha cha, the waltz, salsa, swing, or other ballroom styles. The studio also offers a special wedding course that gets couples ready for their big days, enabling them to finally have a reason to be the center of attention at a wedding. Many of the studio’s dancers also train for national competitions, often under the leadership of studio director and championship dancer Raza Begg.
At NW Fitness 24/7, even the aerobics classes are available 24/7. Thanks to the facility's use of Fitness on Demand, a online fitness video provider, guests can conjure five different types of classes with the touch of a button, then follow along as the workout is projected on a screen. One class series, the Move Series, incorporates fitness favorites such as yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing, while another, the Induro Series, provides cycling classes with scenic landscapes so riders can picture themselves riding through South Africa, Ireland, or the Milky Way. For more personal instruction, exercisers can enlist a trainer to design a fitness and nutrition program tailored to their goals, or they can opt to workout at their own pace using the facility's cardio machines, free weights, and strength training equipment.
"Discipline is an act of freedom." United Fitness Center's motto sums up the facility's approach to working out. By offering up high-intensity classes that challenge its members' willpower, agility, and endurance, the center pushes participants to dedicate themselves to life-changing fitness. The center furthers this end goal by incorporating the Fittest Warrior system, which tracks members' workout routines and nutrition, ensuring they are overhauling their lifestyles rather than sending their clone, whose DNA has been spliced with a bodybuilder's, to the gym.
East Highlands Fitness's boutique gym prides itself on having all the amenities of a larger gym—from the advanced equipment to the group classes—while maintaining a small, community feel. The center dishes up everything clients need to burn calories and build muscle, including certified personal trainers, nutrition coaches, and dumbbells. Small group boot-camp and TRX classes, meanwhile, carve out bulging muscles, whereas Zumba classes spin energetic Latin beats to let clients dance towards toned hips, legs, and glutes. At the same time, a kids' room stays open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays, so parents can get pumping without worrying whether their dog was really the best choice for a babysitter.