While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
In life, the early bird gets the worm. But at CrossFit Over The Mountain, where classes start as early as 5:45 a.m., the early bird gets first crack at CrossFit's workout of the day. Each daily workout consists of functional exercises such as chin-ups, squats, and box jumps, which exercisers complete as intensely as they can. For added motivation, exercisers can track their progress and sabotage their enemies' on the facility's online workout-tracking tool.
Bikram Yoga Birmingham acts as a stretching Sherpa, guiding students through body-harmonizing postures that utilize breathing exercises to rejuvenate muscles and promote healthier blood circulation. Experienced yogis oversee each 90-minute class and crank the thermostat to 105 degrees, helping to loosen muscles, purge bodies of harmful toxins, and keep away malicious snowmen.
Under the watchful eye of board-certified Doctor of Internal Medicine Greg Flippo, Prescription 2 Fitness’s personal trainers and medical aestheticians improve appearances with cosmetic procedures and weight-loss programs. Botox and Juvéderm injections can rewrite the oft-drawn-out stories that aging faces tell, and lasers show off their many talents by stunting hair growth, fading tattoos, or improving the appearance of damaged and wrinkled skin. Dynamic personal-training sessions and nutrition counseling fill noggins with healthy meal ideas and debunk the myth that steaks are vegetables. Clients can feast upon prepared meal plans brimming with local ingredients, which can be tweaked to feed all manner of nutrimental needs, from bulking up bodybuilders to streamlining silhouettes with the help of HCG.
Dr. Trey Rosdick spic-and-spans patients' teeth in the comfort of a massage chair or sends cuspid-whiteners home with the tools needed to white-wash their own tooth-fences. During a 30- to 45-minute exam, a tooth technician peers into the depths of your oral cavity, searching for signs of uncleanliness, decay, or ancient prophecies written on gum walls. Thorough cleaning sweeps away plaque and tartar before gentle polishing with fluoride paste makes enamel shine brighter than an emerald icicle. Digital x-rays let the staff inspect tooth-roots for underlying issues, and expose your body to up to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
In an immaculate office with dark hardwood floors and dental massage chairs, a friendly staff welcomes patients and takes digital x-rays as it preps them for Dr. Haleigh Blackwell. A native of Birmingham, Dr. Blackwell views her patients as family and performs her preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry with a gentle touch, taking the time to ensure her patients completely understand each procedure and why it is necessary. She keeps herself continually educated and employs the latest technology, such as Biolase Laser and intraoral cameras, which more accurately identifies tiny cracks and cavities caused by wear, sweets, or standing too close to opera singers mid-aria. Whether performing a filling or root canal, she always strives for a pain-free visit and can discuss a variety of methods to relieve any discomfort during visits.