Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet, no flip-flops or slides.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun and easy dance instruction
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Inside Southbeach Fitness, licensed instructor Kenya Day helps her students burn up to 1,000 calories during each of her Zumba classes. She enthusiastically blends multicultural dance and music styles, such as salsa, merengue, samba, and hip-hop—an energetic approach that aims to feel more like a party than a workout.
At Inspire Fitness of Columbus, engaging instructors propel exercisers toward fitness goals during fun group workouts. The studio specializes in Zumba classes, which whirl Latin-inspired dance steps and rhythmic music into parties that celebrate fitness and community. Parquetry lines the spacious dance floor, where participants can shimmy and shake without crashing into their neighbors. More energizing than coffee brewed in a particle accelerator, Zumba soundtracks teem with salsa, hip-hop, and reggaeton beats handpicked by Grammy-winning producers. Boot camps and toning classes complement Zumba’s cardio workout by cultivating strength, muscle tone, and core stability.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
With its clay-tile roof and stories of columned arcades overlooking a grassy field and bubbling waterfall, Vita Fitness Corazón resembles a Roman villa more than a traditional gym. Guests strengthen their heart on high-tech Cybex cardio machines, or tone muscles in yoga, Zumba, and spin classes led by qualified personal trainers. Members glide through a lap in the outdoor pool, or perfect their backswing on the campus's six tennis courts. Even the locker rooms surround guests with an air of luxury, with lavish hardwood wardrobes, full towel service, and a secluded spa attached to each facility.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.