Exercise keeps the body in peak condition, which explains the marbleized ThighMaster lying next to Michelangelo’s David. Enjoy an anatomical Renaissance with today’s Groupon to Flavor Fitness. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get a five-class Zumba workout pass (a $25 value).
- For $19, you get a six-class LesMills workout pass (a $42 value).<p>
The certified instructors of Flavor Fitness motivate students of all dance backgrounds to kick legs, swerve hips, and pump arms in flourishes of choreographed, calorie-burning fitness numbers. Energetic Latin and international music emanates from speakers during one-hour Zumba classes designed to build endurance through interval training that alternates between high- and low-intensity exercises, culling moves from merengue, salsa, reggaeton, and calypso. LesMills Bodypump, Bodystep, and Sh’Bam classes push attendees to peak performance with regimens built around current hit music and choreography, rotating its tunes every three months or with each new Kings of Polka album. Sixty-minute Bodypump routines help to sleekly define all major muscle groups with alternating sequences of squats, presses, lifts, and curls, and Bodystep workouts, which incorporate height-adjustable steps and cardio blocks, rely on simple, quick movements to trigger fat burning and body toning. Otherwise, beat-heavy club songs drive Sh’Bam numbers, which melt calories and pocket chocolate in precisely choreographed, 45-minute dance bursts.
Flavor’s newly renovated studio spaces students well apart to avoid contact, and large windows, bright bulbs, and a Bee Gee–approved disco ball bounce ample light off its hardwood floors and vividly painted walls. The fitness center’s schedule offers both day and evening classes.
Though they aren't event planners or the leaders of an overzealous fraternity house, Debbie Thomas and her staff schedule parties for every day of the week. These parties aren’t typical affairs, though. They’re actually workout classes with festive twists. The high-energy sessions allow guests to get their groove on and mingle while simultaneously burning calories. During Zumba classes, instructors demonstrate moves reminiscent of Latin-dance styles, including salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Turbo Kick courses, on the other hand, combine kickboxing techniques with other martial-arts actions and invigorating music. To make sessions even more fun and accessible, the instructors modify each routine to suit a range of fitness levels, which enables students of all abilities to attend.
Upbeat tunes are a theme of the curriculum—they guide the barbell routines of Les Mills BodyPump as well as the flexibility-enhancing stretches of PiYo Strength. Other classes, such as TRX and high-intensity interval training, might not mirror a dance performance, but they preserve the sense of camaraderie and encouragement that pervades the entire group exercise studio.