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.
A graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic, Dr. Mark Garner calls upon his scholastic knowledge of anatomy and his 27 years of experience to straighten spines with a noninvasive, energy-balancing system that boosts the body's healing potential. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and massages, Dr. Garner treats 10 bodily zones during reflexology sessions that can improve circulation in the feet and stop hands from rebelliously clapping during golf matches and visits to rare-fly hatcheries. Garner Chiropractic also specializes in acid-alkaline balance, bioenergetics, and paraffin-wax treatments that soften skin and promote healthy blood flow.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from jazz dance, yoga, Pilates, 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 600 calories with each go-round.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
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.
Amid the fitness equipment of Advanced Performance Fitness and Crossfit’s facility, CrossFit Level 1 and Olympic weightlifting-certified instructors captain a high-intensity athletic training program used by police academies, military operation units, and hundreds of professional athletes around the globe. The innovative system strives to propel participants toward 10 core fitness domains—endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. The key ingredient to this effort is functional movement. In the company of a community of fellow fitness pursuers, students undergo varied regimens. These might incorporate cardio, plyometrics, weight training, and gymnastics, and they all take place under the watch of expert instructors and their team of assistants. Trainers can alter each workout to best suit a student’s wellness goals and level of fitness, while working around restrictive issues such as injuries and cement socks.