With an assemblage of knowledgeable teachers and frequently scheduled classes, Academy of Ballroom Dancing fosters a confident gracefulness in dancers of all skill levels. Two 30-minute lessons allow students private pow-wows with instructors, gaining personalized tips and confirming whether or not tango dancers really do eat roses. To expand dance repertoires, students twirl through eight group classes from Academy of Ballroom Dancing's Latin-focused or classical-ballroom programs. Once well versed in physical linguistics, students can put their knowledge to the test at three dance parties, navigating the exciting world of social dance etiquette by finding the appropriate socks for a sock hop, or politely convincing a wallflower to swing.
Paul Hafner trained as a mixed martial artist with Russian kettlebell techniques for more than a decade before sharing his methods with professional fighters. Now, the certified kettlebell instructor owns Trident Russian Kettlebell Training, where he and his fellow cannonball throwers craft challenging workouts that not only slim figures but also build strength and endurance. He also equips police officers with physical fitness instruction, defensive tactics, and punchy one-liners.
At more than 1,200 Snap Fitness centers around the country, dedicated exercisers can head to the gym any hour of the day, every day of the year. Inside each 24/7/365 space, a fleet of Matrix cardio and strength-training machines steels muscles and boost heart rates, and free weights enable old-fashioned iron pumping. Televisions contribute news and entertainment to help pass the time during workouts.
Though its amenities may be similar to other gyms, Snap Fitness goes beyond the basics by striving to keep its members motivated to work out and meet goals. Members receive complimentary personal-training sessions to kick-start fitness routines, and afterward, a workout buddy system keeps members inspired. In addition, personalized websites track nutritional and fitness info without the need to scratch tally marks on the surface of your human-sized hamster wheel at home.:m]]
On the last Saturday of each month, Robin Soll hosts a free yoga session, open to all. The gesture is typical of Robin, a certified instructor who has been blending her passion for yoga and her community since the 1970s. To encourage her neighbors to practice yoga, she also conducts custom sessions at homes and offices around the area, as well as demonstrations for businesses where employees can learn stress-management techniques that don’t involve ripping the photocopier in half with their bare hands.
Robin leads more in-depth classes at her Marlton studio, where she practices eight yoga styles, one of which relies on a combination of moves from yoga and Pilates. She introduces students to 26 fundamental poses during slow-paced Gentle Yoga sessions, while her faster Power Yoga courses plow through various movements and stretches. She also integrates blankets, blocks, and straps to meditative sessions where poses are held for long periods of time.
Active Fitness prides itself on its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, and for the last 20 years, patrons have noticed. A team of certified personal trainers stands at the ready throughout the spacious fitness center, helping guests buff up on the weight-training equipment or burn calories on the rows of more than 50 cardio machines. Their goal is to make each guest feel like they’re part of a team, rather than just another membership number, which they stress in their small-group classes. Their classes include VastForce, an intense circuit-training class that combines elements of rock climbing, suspension training, and rowing, in which they coach each exerciser to complete the routines at their individual fitness levels. They also helm personal-training sessions, in which they push patrons toward their fitness goals—from running a marathon to losing a few pounds to flying 2 feet—with tailored routines and nutrition counseling.
Medford Fitness dedicates its 36,000 square feet to all things fitness. Two workout floors claim 10,000 square feet, filled with more than 50 cardio machines, 30 pieces of free-weight equipment, and two open studio spaces for functional training. The group exercise room spans 1,600 square feet of hardwood floors, where exercisers launch into sessions of Cardio Pump, Pilates, and kickboxing. Nearby, 20 bikes crowd the indoor cycling room, four lanes stretch across a heated swimming pool, and service lines divvy up two racquetball courts, where patrons test their reflexes, courage, or hypotheses about being able to head-butt a racquetball.
Taking a road bike in a spinning studio may seem like a recipe for pedaling into a wall, but at Cycle On Studio, it's a recipe for a more realistic workout. During the studio’s Kinetic Rock and Roll training sessions, cyclists work out on their own bikes, which they lock into indoor-appropriate frames that provide lifelike side-to-side rocking to challenge the same muscles engaged on the biking trail. This is just one of the studio's many classes that cast off one-size-fits-all workouts. Even during traditional spinning sessions on NXT stationary bikes, students can opt to wear a MYZONE belt that monitors and tracks all of their exercise activity in order to make the classes more efficient. With or without the belts, instructors infuse these workouts with high-energy climbs, interval training, saddle work, and virtual rickshaw rides.