The doctor didn’t have good news for Laura. She was overweight and was diagnosed with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma, and sleep apnea. She had lived long enough with aching joints, and decided a change was in order. On Laura’s birthday, she unwrapped a Zumba DVD set. The high-energy routine captivated Laura while helping her become a healthier, more fit individual. Now a licensed Zumba instructor herself, Laura helps others take control of their own health. The studio’s sound system blasts Latin music while students stomp, spin, and sashay their bodies through dance styles that include hip-hop and mambo.
As one longtime student says, "Jess doesn't care if you have three left feet." And it's probably this supportive and congenial attitude that earned?her spots on?Boston A-List as?Best Zumba Class?and RateYourBurn as one of the??10 Best Zumba Instructors for 2012. She approaches the dance-fitness hybrid sessions as a "feel-happy" workout, helping students of all experience levels feel welcome regardless of their natural rhythm. She only offers drop-in sessions, allowing students to come when it's convenient for them or when they've accidentally?sleepwalked? to the studio again.
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Though dance is a great form of exercise, it's equally a great form of self-expression. That's the idea behind Shine On Performing Arts, a dance studio that focuses on not just the discipline of dance, but also artistry and fun. Children combine an appreciation for fitness with fancy footwork in such dance styles as hip-hop, ballet, and jazz, helping them potentially work up to a spot on the studio's competitive dance team. Adults immerse themselves in creative workouts such as the dance-heavy Zumba, barre fitness, and ballet bootcamp, which teaches students to lace a pointe shoe blindfolded.
24-hour access. Group fitness classes. Personal trainers. Some of Ten X Club's amenities and services might seem familiar, but it's the combination of these benefits that makes the gym special. Plus, it's a workout space dedicated solely to women and their fitness needs. Members can stop by during regular business hours to meet with a personal trainer, or attend evening and morning yoga, Zumba, and strength training classes. However, they can also drop in any time and swipe their 24-hour access key card?one of the many perks of membership?to gain access to the equipment at any time.
After overcoming childhood obesity, Julia Walderzak decided to introduce noncompetitive fitness to a whole new generation at H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Within the 1,500-square-foot space, Julia's team of instructors leads kids as young as 3 in age-tailored Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing classes. Parents can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi in the cozy lounge, or join in on the fitness fun during adult Zumba and kickboxing classes or sessions of Mommy and Me, prenatal, and Vinyasa yoga.
After more than 20 years spent in the fitness industry, Joshua Fleming founded Victory Fit Camp. His formula relies on physical and mental training that he learned in the US Marine Corps as well as nutritional advice from licensed experts. Today, each Victory Fit boot-camp session is led by an experienced coach, who walks clients of all fitness levels through indoor workouts or outdoor obstacle courses of ropes, foam pits, and trampolines.