After fighting weight gain throughout her life, Tonya Garner realized that what she needed was a dance party. She salsa'd her way into Zumba's cardio-dance routines, and after six months she had shuffled off 40 pounds. Now, at 45 years old and nearly 105 pounds lighter than when she started, the licensed Zumba instructor choreographs similar transformations for her clients. Not to be outdone, big sister Shonnie soon seized the chance to work her own groove as a licensed Zumba instructor. Now together, the sister-duo helps guides others along on their weight-loss journey.
Fueled by rhythmic music from around the world, one-hour workouts melt off calories with low-impact choreography inspired by salsas and tangos. Heart rates rise as arms wave and hips swivel, helping students of all fitness levels boost endurance and energy. Instead of spawning cutthroat beatboxing tournaments, a supportive atmosphere kindles friendships among participants and a sense of community within each class. Alternatively, Tonya uses her licensed Bokwa instruction to teach cardio-packed Bokwa classes which are designed for all ages and dancing skill levels, and challenge participants to use their feet to trace numbers and letters in energizing workouts.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Equipment: Kettle-bells, jump ropes, barbells, rings, rowers, and medicine balls_
Students should bring: Water, a towel, and an extra pair of shoes_
Average class length: 60 minutes_
Number of Staff: 1?5_
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes_
Registration required: Yes_
Good for beginners: Yes_
Guests allowed: Yes_
Parking: Parking lot_
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
CrossFit incorporates movements found in everyday life at high intensity. That intensity is relative to each participant. Our workouts change daily, so you will never get bored with one routine. This is fitness for everybody.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
To an extent. You should be working out at a level that is outside your comfort zone to see maximum results. However, we never want you to push so hard that you are in actual physical pain during or after exercise.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Yes, we provide fitness regimens that help participants of every age, fitness level, and body type achieve success. We believe in creating a memorable, positive, and fun experience by being an intimidation-free gym.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
CrossFit coach Tim Padget doesn't want to waste your time at the gym. He believes that exercising should have a perceptible effect on a person's real life, enhancing their ability to push, pull, jump, and run. That's why he hosts CrossFit classes that?focus on functional, meaningful fitness. These classes combine weightlifting with cardio drills and even gymnastics to achieve an all-over workout that sculpts and tones the entire body. Each routine is scalable to any fitness level, so the gym welcomes beginners as well as those who can already bite a barbell in half. In fact, the coaches offer a free introductory session for first-timers.
CrossFit may be a popular strength and conditioning program at American police academies, but the program's constantly-changing workouts can just as effectively tone up civilians. And tone they do at Advance Performance Fitness, a 15,000-square-foot fitness center that often hosts 10 CrossFit classes per day. Aside from CrossFit routines, visitors with 24/7 access also lift in a sprawling free weight area, sweat it out on cardio machines, and visit the on-site medical wellness clinic to troubleshoot aches and pains. More than 40 group exercise classes are available per week, and personal trainers are on hand for one-on-one sessions; nutritional counseling and supervised weight-loss programs are also available, in addition to child care services. Advanced Performance Fitness is a Silver Sneakers affiliate.