Trying a bunch of jams isn't typically the best prescription for getting fit, but at Fit-Natics by Angie, Angie's jams are the dance type, burning calories instead of adding them. They include songs from Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Daddy Yankee in addition to Latin tunes that encourage plenty of hip-shaking on the studio floor. Angie leads Zumba classes to these beats that help her clients to lose weight and tone muscle. And, though the routines incorporate movements from dance styles such as salsa and mambo, they are perfectly doable for students who have never danced before.
Zumba Fitness's instructor, Angie Montgomery, sticks to the roots of her favorite exercise form, underpinning every dance routine with music from a Latin tradition. She draws her moves, though, from other upbeat dance traditions, sometimes incorporating the graceful arm motions of the luau or the frantic leg kicking of the fire-ant attack. She keeps her website updated with an ever-growing playlist of favorite Zumba songs so students can download them and dance at home.
Inside Mentor Heisley Racquet and Fitness Club’s 130,000-square-foot facility, guests can hone their ground strokes on the tennis court, practice dunking on the basketball court, or learn to breathe underwater in the heated indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, exercisers can join in on group fitness classes such as yoga, water aerobics, and spinning, work out in one of two cardio rooms, or train under the watchful eye of an experienced personal trainer.
Erica Kovacs leads students through Zumba classes that burn up to 1,000 calories. While trading boring repetitions for an energetic dance-party atmosphere, Zumba marries Latin-style dance moves with international music. Erica teaches three varieties, starting with Zumba Basic for beginners and fans of the original flavor. Zumba Toning participants shake maraca-like weights to add resistance to their shimmies. Alternatively, students dance with chairs during Zumba Sentao. This challenging workout blends dancing with squats that make the chair really jealous.
Jammie Efford loves all kinds of dance; her resume includes training in styles such as salsa, bellydance, and merengue. So it's natural that she took so quickly to Zumba, the workout fuses many different styles of dance and allows her to help other people get into shape. As the owner of Zoom Zone Studio, she uses her expertise to create entirely original routines and motivates her students to stick with the program so that they burn calories, feel more confident, and have the physical mobility to dodge any obstacles at hip height.
Equipment: State of the art sound system and to add intensity, arm and leg weight
Students should bring: A towel, water can be purchased.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Newly opened K2 Fitness is a fitness center that wants to help its members get into the best shape of their lives. Certified trainer Jason Kouvaras runs the gym, as well as offers challenging personal-training sessions. With free weights and machines on the floor, and group fitness classes such as spinning, boot camp, yoga, and boxing, clients will have everything they need to burn calories and work up a sweat.