You might not have guessed it if you saw the trim, muscular, and infectiously energetic Zumba instructor today, but there was a time when Granita Young was overweight. She enrolled in Zumba classes hoping to get into shape and was immediately grabbed by the lively music and the spirit-lifting dance routines. It wasn?t long before Granita had shed her excess pounds, earned her instructor certification, and began leading Zumba classes of her own.
Nowadays, at NZ Fitness, the seasoned instructor and her staff guide students of all abilities through Zumba and other energy-infused dance fitness classes. To supplement their skills, the team draws on a range of gear that includes maraca-like hand weights and Ripstix to build strength and sculpt muscles. Equally important to Granita and company is maintaining a non-judgmental environment and keeping class sizes personal and not overly crowded.
At Yoga Monkey + Fitness, Aleasha Sholes and Angie Howard want all of their staff and students to behave like monkeys. The co-owners covet the animal's playful spirit, physical poise, and social nature, encouraging guests to embrace these qualities with a variety of classes. Whether they are leading Vinyasa yoga sequences or kickboxing jabs in their two workout studios, their constructive attitudes boost both moods and heart rates. They continuously strive to redefine each student's limits, though they never lose sight of the ideal balance among work, play, and meditation dream duels. Their health-care backgrounds?Aleasha was a nurse, and Angie devises wellness programs for independent and assisted-living facilities?give them the anatomical know-how to customize their programs based on different strength levels.
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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At Indy Core Wellness & Fitness, qualified fitness professionals impart their knowledge to help clients of all skill levels burn fat, build muscle, and maintain their overall health using a wealth of weight-training and cardio exercise techniques. Each instructor holds extensive certifications⎯such as owner Kim Rockey's master of science in physical education or Andrew Souder's corrective-exercise certification and extra set of biceps⎯to help clients maximize the benefits of a workout during one-on-one training and nutrition-guidance sessions. The center’s pristine gym space is filled with free weights, resistance machines, and treadmills to help members with their daily routines, whereas yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and full-body TRX suspension classes help small groups get in shape safely and swiftly.
When Katie Groves headed to Marian University to study religious education and Spanish, she didn't leave her 17 years of dance experience behind. Instead, she decided to share her love of dance and fitness with others in her own Zumba classes. The junior in college cranks up thumping beats to set a dance-party tone for her energetic classes, which don't require dance experience or a set of glow sticks for fingers. Students of all fitness levels can follow her easy-to-follow choreography, as she clearly demonstrates the Latin-inspired moves and aerobic routines, which tone bodies and boost cardiovascular health.
In addition to dreaming up with fun events, such as a country-themed Zumba class, Katie has put her twinkle toes to work hosting a fundraiser for an animal rescue and sanctuary.