The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.
The “move” in Move Fitness’s name might be a shimmy, a salsa step, or a spin—instructors at this studio only teach Zumba. This latin-dance-inspired cardio workout is set to a high-energy mix of international tunes, so it often feels more like a party at the club than a workout. The calorie-torching classes convene five days a week in Eagle and Meridian.
Dance instructor Kelly Anderson didn't always like to exercise. But 10 years ago, at the behest of a friend, the mother of five attended her first cardio dance class and was thrilled to discover that exercise could be fun—as long as it was treated as though it were a party. Eager to share her passion and weight-loss tips with others, Kelly helms Dance Jam Fitness, where each class she teaches is a fun, energetic shindig complete with hip-shaking tunes plus moves dedicated to sculpting muscles and building one's power to ignore come-hither stares from donuts. In addition to her class schedule, Kelly hosts motivational events throughout the year that help participants lead healthier lifestyles.
Pick up a copy of Boise Weekly, flip open the Idaho Statesman, or tune in to Boise State Public Radio, and you might catch Ophidia Studio’s owner, Allison Holley, spreading the gospel of pole dancing. "It feels fun," she told Boise State Public Radio's Scott Ki. "It's kind of like playing on a jungle gym, and adults don't get that chance." Along with a coterie of experienced instructors, Allison casts off the bad rap of an activity that she says some see as "demeaning or degrading" in pole-dancing classes that build fitness and self-confidence in a playful atmosphere. Inside a hot-pink studio peppered with stationary and spinning poles, Allison and her crew walk students of all levels through a number of creative pole-dancing moves, beginning with spins and working up to inversions, choreography routines, and ceiling-fan impersonations.
Their expertise doesn’t stop there, though. The instructors also offer an arsenal of other sensual classes such as belly-dancing, hoop dancing, poi fire dancing, and Curvesque, which helps whittle waists and define the feminine form through fluid, dance-inspired movements. They also offer the more-traditional fitness classes of Zumba and body blast, along with yoga and its elevated counterpart—aerial yoga, which suspends students in a fabric sling hung from the ceiling.
On the court or in the water, Boise Racquet & Swim Club gets people exercising. The facility hosts 23 tennis courts—almost evenly split between outdoor and indoor—and an outdoor swimming pool. After warming up on one of the fitness center's treadmills, ellipticals, or stationary bikes, you can duck outside for a few quick laps in the crystalline water or test your endurance against friends in both competitive and noncompetitive swim matches. Head to one of the courts to engage in some volleys, building hand-eye coordination and a lightning serve as you rocket the neon-yellow ball across the net during tournaments or lessons with tennis pros. For those who need a stricter routine to stick to a workout, the club also hosts group fitness classes in yoga, aerobics, and circuit training.
The licensed aestheticians at Tan du Soleil Day Spa deploy skills gleaned from more than 10 years of experience to evict unwanted strands from delicate skin. A soothing pretreatment preps the skin's sensitive southern hemisphere for hair removal, hydrating the epidermis and promising to buy it an ice-cream cone after the appointment. Technicians also temporarily dampen the skin's sensation with a numbing cream. Each session takes approximately 30 minutes, leaving patrons with time left in their day to shop for a bathing suit or write a play about a talking dog struggling to understand his place in the universe.