From the crowd, sweat-slicked hands wave in the air, their bodies dancing to the thunderous beats of a nearby sound system. But this isn’t a rap battle or a rock concert—it’s a fitness fiesta packed with international music and Latin-inspired dance moves. Known as Zumba, this phenomenon swept the nation starting in 2001, after Colombian-born fitness instructor Beto Perez began setting aerobics to salsa and merengue tunes rather than live performances of whalesong. Today, more than 12 million exercisers have tried the workouts, which torch calories, melt stress, and boost energy levels. At Boise Racquet & Swim Club, AFAA-certified instructors lead regular classes, augmenting regular Zumba workouts with a second discipline known as Sentao, which incorporates a chair to offer targeted resistance training and sculpt bodies until they sprout two new legs on their own.
World travelers Michael Bodine and Rose Neitzell share a passion for health and natural healing. Drawing upon the things they've learned on their journeys, they help clients find relief from stress and pain during massage and bodywork sessions. Michael's specialty lies in structural integration and myofascial release, which can improve range of motion and thereby facilitate a smoother golf swing or a more pendulous grandfather-clock impersonation. Rose's background as a practitioner at international spas has taught her the joys of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as well as varied skincare and detox regimens.
In addition to offering training sessions for aspiring laser technicians, Northwest Laser Institute & Medispa owner and licensed aesthetician Ryanna McMillen provides antidotes to aging with med-spa services. Brooke Thayer, the registered nurse on staff, tames wrinkle muscles with beauty injections and plumps up thin features with dermal fillers. Professional-grade chemical peels strip away layers of dull skin cells to reveal winning lottery numbers, waxing treatments rid bodies of unsightly hair, and laser skin-tightening treatments improve skin laxity and boost collagen production.
2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rusty Wallace allows amateurs to feel first-hand how a real race car rumbles as its tires scorch a professional speedway. Participants can either ride shotgun with an experienced driver or hop behind the wheel to tackle the track themselves. For more of the genuine experience, drivers don the full array of safety gear before climbing or vaulting through the window, including a sleek racing suit, helmet, and HANS neck-protection device.
Head to Meridian Stars Dance in Meridian and get your pulse going with some moving and grooving.
Meridian Stars Dance offers instruction in a number of dance styles, from classical to modern.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
At Inner Diva, ladies learn to tone, love, and flaunt their body in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment. Instructors target thighs, abs, and arms with free flowing aerobic dance classes, and shout out instructions and encouragements during lively Zumba dance parties.