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Captained by a brigade of trained instructors, Jazzercise Inc's classes amalgamate dance-based cardio, strength training, and stretching into total body exercises eliminating 600 calories from participant bodies while toning musculature. Scored to top 40, jazz, country, and Benedictine monk hits, one-hour jazzercise classes intermingle moves from hip-hop, yoga, and kickboxing during 30-minute aerobic workouts that segue into strengthening weight workouts and a body-loosening stretching finale. Body-sculpting sessions last 40–50 minutes and fuse strength training and stretching movements into positions that fortify cores, chisel arms, and firm legs. Patrons can select a befitting instructor and location online before shimmying into classes that fluctuate anywhere from 15 to 150 participants depending on time, whereabouts, and the number of tubas taking the class.
4516 West Saanich Road
Victoria,
BC
CA
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. 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. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief. Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she 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. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
7300 Woodyard Road
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US
The temperature holds at 40 degrees Celsius inside Hudson Yoga's practice room, but it's a phantom heat, generated by 24 panels that radiate warmth in complete silence. At each corner of the room, ventilation screens quietly regulate airflow to all areas of the space, and carbon dioxide monitors keep the atmosphere optimized all class long. Free from the ambient hum of vents and fans, guests can locate peace of mind?and master the poses of traditional hot yoga?without the added challenge of twisting their legs to form ear muffs. More energy efficient than conventional heating, the rigorous climate control is one of many touches that make it clear that the LEED-certified studio was purpose-built for this steamy form of fitness. The 3,800-square-foot studio offers two hour free parking to students who flow through the 90- and 60-minute traditional hot yoga classes, as well as non-heated Yin and Flow yoga classes, all on a naturally antibacterial cork floor. Though traditional Bikram hot yoga is the studio's specialty, Hudson Yoga also believes in the benefit of practicing in a variety of styles which is why they also offer non-heated yoga, Hudson Flow, Power Flow, and Yin Yang Yoga, all taught by a roster of experienced instructors.
8-1701 Douglas St.
Victoria,
BC
CA
Rubber spheres soar and ricochet as teams of two face off in any of the three glass-view squash courts at Quadra Sports & Fitness. Here, squash pro Gustavo Verna, a level-three Canadian Squash Association certified coach, hones daunting serves and awe-inspiring touchdown passes in lessons for beginners to competitive-level players. Beyond instruction, the squash program fosters all manner of friendly competition, from informal pickup matches to house- and city-league competition to recreational tournaments. In addition to squash courts, the gym inspires patrons to get moving in its weight rooms with resistance machines, free weights, and training equipment. Lady Apex machines populate the women's-only fitness area, which is accessible only after patrons show proof of cooties vaccinations. The instructors lead studio classes including yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and barre workout sessions, and dole out proper technique and nutritional guidance in personal-training sessions. Postworkout, stand-up tanning booths outfit chiselled bods with a golden glow, and infrared saunas work to increase circulation and detoxify the body via sweat.
3946 Quadra Street
Victoria,
BC
CA
Crave Fitness's trainer, Dean Kerpan, has always loved sports and fitness, but he doesn’t consider himself a natural athlete. He always had to work hard to improve—but he didn't let that stop him from boxing competitively, running the Boston Marathon, or becoming a personal trainer. At Crave Fitness, he motivates clients to reach their personal fitness goals through rigorous boot camps and one-on-one and partner training programs. His training programs are supplemented by nutrition advice and training homework that helps patrons apply what they've learned and remember drills for at-home fitness routines. During group training sessions, four–six students band together to encourage one another during individual and partner exercises, such as jogging while maintaining a perfect human pyramid. Dean also fosters an encouraging atmosphere in his boot camps, which might meet in parks or at the beach. The ever-changing routines channel high-intensity interval training and exercises such as dragging tires or boxing to help campers burn fat and pump up their agility and strength.
907 Collinson Street
Victoria,
BC
CA
Ilana Moon and Alseny Diallo teach students how to master the pulsating rhythms of African drums and dance in their weekly classes at Dancing Moon Multicultural Arts Company. Though Ilana started dancing at the age of five, she discovered African dance when she was 12 and has honed her skills since then. Currently a professional dancer in the Zimbabwean troupe, Jambanja, she also teaches hip hop, traditional African dance, and Afro-belly dancing to students aged 4 and older, because she believes it is important for young dancers to gain core strength and flexibility before they learn where Santa really lives. Alseny’s talent as a percussionist grew from a life studying the traditions of his people in Guinea. He has been the lead soloist djembe player in ballets since the age of 12, and has graduated to the rank of artistic director of several ballets, including Le Ballet Taille, which took part in government project La Tour Federale. Dancing Moon’s in-house troupe Kikeyambay also gives live performances of Guinean dance and drumming at festivals and concerts.
733 Johnson St #112
Victoria,
BC
CA
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