Pulse Fitness Studio's students finesse footwork in daily classes set in a sun-drenched studio built for specifically for dance. As an overhead sound system cues up international tunes, Zumba students step into a party-like class atmosphere where an instructor demonstrates the fat-burning shimmies of Latin-inspired choreography. Pulse's varied Zumba curriculum also includes Zumba Toning, Zumba 101 for first-timers, and Zumba Gold, where instructors take the dance steps' intensity down a peg for those with physical limitations. Using further dance-hall inspiration, hip-hop boot camp coalesces funky cardio with resistance training facilitated by weighted boom boxes. Wind down rhythm-fatigued muscles in yoga or Yoga-lates sessions, which combine the core whittling of Pilates with stretch- and flexibility-centric yoga poses.
For students looking to build muscle and strength, coaches turn fitness routines into fun, engaging workouts that students can look forward to, with everything from high-energy boot camps that build endurance with military exercises to toning, tightening T-n-T courses designed to firm up cores and glutes.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Tia Falcone wasn't always the muscular fitness afficionado she is today. In fact, there was a time when she was extremely overweight. It was only after she developed a fitness plan and healthy eating habits that Tia won her slim physique and sculpted abs, and eventually went on to earn her certification as a personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Today, Tia pulls from her unique experiences and years of training to help clients reach their fitness goals at her own studio—Tia Falcone Fitness. Within the bright space, Tia conducts personal-training sessions and group fitness classes such as kickboxing and body sculpting. She leads her students through high-intensity cardio and strength-training exercises using functional equipment, including exercise balls, resistance bands, and kettlebells.
Nothing can put a cramp in your workout style quite like getting to the gym and realizing that all the machines are already taken. Luckily, Champions Fitness Center has taken a number of steps to help ensure that never happens to their members. Between the giant 26,000-square-foot facility?which has no shortage of machines and free-weights?and the exclusive membership base, getting a workout in is as simple as possible. There's also an indoor heated pool and plenty of group fitness classes, which help take the guesswork out of getting fit, losing weight, and knowing whether fitness leotards are back in style yet.
Kelly Lyn North Fitness is a women-only gym that provides a supportive environment to get into shape. Daily classes peak a variety of fitness interests, and include boot camp, cardio kickboxing, Zumba, and Total Sculpt. Post workout, members can relax in a redwood sauna or underneath the trained hands of an on-staff massage therapist.
Yoga with Linda's passionate instructors guide groups of fitness-goers through the rhythmic dance moves that characterize zesty Zumba sessions. In order to eradicate excess calories and pesky inhibitions, Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin grooves with easy-to-follow dance steps that even beginners and klutzy shadows can quickly master. Two-stepping teachers employ intervals of both fast and slow dancing, peppering each routine with spurts of resistance training so that muscles can define themselves before the British tabloids define them first. Yoga with Linda's class schedule offers Zumba four days a week, and hip-shakers must be at least 13 years of age to participate.