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.
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.
As a former athlete who played football in college, Advanced Health & Wellness Center's Doctor of Chiropractic Brandon Bupp became interested in health care after sustaining several injuries. The doctor wanted to know how to treat them, which led him to a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a chiropractic degree. Now, at the center, he and his staff treat high-school, college, and professional athletes to keep them competitive in games of football and slapjack. They also treat nonathletes with therapies such as spine adjustments, corrective exercises, wellness advice, and posture and spinal screenings aided by digital spinal imaging.
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.