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 600 calories with each go-round.
Mark York and Whitney Sullivan trim and tone physiques at their company PNF, which stands for Personalized Nutrition and Fitness. They don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to creating any fitness regimen or meal plan. Instead, they combine the focused exercise of personal training with the crowd motivation of group-fitness classes. Their classes range from familiar standbys like yoga and kickboxing to cheekily titled circuit-training classes such as “buns and guns.” They supplement these sweat sessions with custom nutritional counseling, which, depending on your fitness aspirations, could include guidance on how to make vegetarian recipes, design more energy-packed meals, or stop compulsively eating staples at your desk.
Amanda Curtis Kezal wants to restore balance to as many bodies and minds as she can. A yoga instructor for more than 15 years, she not only operates Holistic Pathways, but also teaches yoga in community centers and reaches faraway students with Yoga Online. Fun, laid-back classes at Holistic Pathways include Sports-Mind Yoga, Toning and Sculpting, and Expressive Yoga Dance—a practice from Las Vegas that blends creative and rhythmic movements from around with the world with various yoga styles.
The Sanskrit translation of rasamaya is "fluid," which describes the studio's Rasamaya Method of intelligent movement. Rasamaya's instructors lead their own brand of barre, Pilates, cycle, and vinyasa yoga classes that are designed to balance and strengthen the mind and body in tandem. Featured in Pilates Style Magazine , Yoga Journal, and Wanderlust conferences. Founder Carrie Tyler specializes in women's physical structure, health, and sexuality and built the practice from her playful teaching style and deep understanding of yogic philosophy, anatomy, and alignment.
Though he named his business after the Greek word for discipline, Tommy Holmes believes that exercisers require more than that to sustain a fitness regimen—they also need variety and a shared sense of community. Tommy prioritizes functional exercises such as weightlifting and gymnastics techniques. He acquaints his clients with kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls, outfitting the most advanced students with Batman-like utility belts that hold all three.
In addition to resistance routines, his workouts incorporate team-based drills and games to amuse as well as challenge participants. After teaching fundamental maneuvers and safety through his basics course, Tommy hosts group classes. He also crafts customized fitness and nutrition plans during personal-training sessions to help clients achieve personal goals, such as becoming the first person to run a backwards three-minute mile.
The instructors at Fournier?s Leadership Karate Center approach martial arts not as a defense technique, but as a way to improve your entire life. That?s why, in addition to instilling students with practical, real-world martial arts techniques, classes include stretching and aerobic routines for a full-body workout. Whether they?re learning krav maga, judo, shokotan karate, or fitness kickboxing, students learn patience, dedication, and self-respect along with their defense training. Classes take place on quality suede mats, and students also take full advantage of the facility?s two training rooms and standalone punching bags. The center welcomes students of every age and background, and caters especially to families. They even have an afterschool pickup program for younger students, and host numerous family-friendly events.