Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partner-less will be paired up with instructors to help assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout group lessons, instructors teach the foundations of dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow. These lessons are then used as a foundation for clients to learn more intermediate and advanced moves.
Hot Yoga By The Sea is not your typical hot-yoga studio. Rather than offering traditional, 26-posture Bikram yoga, the studio allows its certified yoga instructors to base the types of classes offered on their individual specialties. Participants may choose from a variety of disciplines, including hot yoga, restorative hot yoga, hot hatha, and hot fusion yoga. The studio also eschews conventional heat sources in favor of infrared heat, which penetrates several inches into the body and is thought to enhance flexibility, reduce joint and muscle pain, and liquefy marshmallows hidden in pockets. The soothing thermal energy radiates off the hardwood floor and ceiling during each class, helping students glide into various poses.
Gym-goers soak up mountain views, ocean breezes, and fitness tips in Island Club and Spa's luxurious multistory gym and spa facility. The 65,000-square-foot facility affords ample room for team sports, strength-training and cardio equipment, yoga and martial-arts studios, and a temperature-controlled outdoor pool and sun deck. Staff members lead about 85 exercise classes weekly, ranging from ballet to boxing, bestowing their students with the chiseled frames of Michelangelo or Donatello and the multidisciplinary wisdom of Master Splinter. A private Pilates studio helps bodies of all fitness levels align their spines, improve flexibility, and develop core strength and balance. After class—or before they even sign up—visitors may stop by the bar and lounge for a glass of wine and a bite of something healthy.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.
Endless rows of machines, friendly staff, and two locations give the no-frills sweat shop a comforting neighborhood feel. Expect to find eligible, state-of-the-art machines, intensive and expert fitness coaching, and a bevy of classes such as yoga, power sculpt, abs and flexibility, and cardio hip-hop.
Equipment: VersaClimber, JacobsLadder, suspension trainers, sandbags, and kettlebells
Students should bring: Water, towel, clean shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
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?
If the multitude of authentic before and after pictures of clients on our website and gym walls, and the fresh beats coming out the surround sound stereo aren't enough to keep someone's blood pumping, our team of certified personal trainers keep clients motivated by creating a positive, supportive, results-oriented, high-energy, non-intimidating, non-judgemental environment with workouts that constantly evolve to keep things interesting, and personalized enough to keep training safe.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
The biggest mistake that people make when trying to get fit on their own is not planning, or using the wrong plan for their goal. This usually comes down to having a specific goal and then taking the shortest route to their destination. One trend that seems to be popular these days is people pulling a random "workout of the day" out of a magazine or website and expecting it to produce the same results as whatever picture is put up next to it. Our Metabolic Boot Camp sessions will make sure clients are exercising at the right intensity to get results and stay injury free. There is really no need to spend more than an hour in the gym to randomly produce results that can be precisely achieved by efficiently and effectively working out in 60 minutes.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I first developed a passion for fitness about 10 years ago when I transformed my own body and lost over 80 lbs. The physical changes were great, but besides all that, I felt 1000x better. When I discovered that I could produce the same results for others, I knew I had found my calling. Since then, I've helped multiple people lose over 100 lbs, and one person lose more than 200 lbs, and countless people reach their goal of getting leaner and more toned. We've trained multiple members of Olympic Team USA, high-school and college-level athletes, and some of Hawaii's professionals including UFC star Chris Leben.