The instructors of Zumbamyheart.com—Claudia, Jinger, and Miriam—identify more as party hosts than teachers. At each Zumba class, they run their guests through intuitive dance moves set to music, as everyone shimmies off excess calories. Their choreography doubles as a toning and cardio workout, and transforms exercise from a chore into a shared celebration for exercisers of all fitness levels.
Git Movin's Zumba classes exist somewhere between a workout and dance party. Instructors lead groups in calorie-burning, easy-to-follow choreography that engages the entire body, even that one muscle that's always slacking off. Latin music, such as salsa and merengue, plays as groups work out in regular fitness studios, or in the case of Aqua Zumba classes, inside of swimming pools.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Fit Fiesta Studio, owner Eliana Ceballos and a team of experienced instructors lead classes for all ages in hopes of making exercise a fun, community-building activity. Eliana opened the studio with the hope of creating a happy place where people could relieve their stress and simultaneously achieve their fitness goals. Today. students and teachers alike cheer each other on during fitness classes that include a variety of strength- and flexibility-building yoga classes and upbeat Zumba classes. The studio space itself is an expression of this commitment to joy: Zumba classes take place on a 1,600 square-foot floating dance floor that is padded and covered in oak, so students can move freely and safely on a smooth and solid surface.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
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. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the 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.