Christina Amoriello is a personal trainer, a nutrition specialist, and a golf-fitness specialist. Armed with a diverse set of official wellness credentials, she leads clients through regimens that improve their health, golf swings, and dumbbell-juggling skills. Amoriello counts outdoor boot camp, one-on-one workouts, and corporate regimens among her services, and she even outfits kitchens with premade meals designed to kick-start healthy eating habits.
Energizing beats fuel each furious workout at F.I.R.M. Fitness Camp as groups move together to shave off pounds and shape stronger bodies. Certified personal trainers start fresh each day with a new workout that employs dumbbells, jump ropes, and the Lebert Equalizer to keep heart rates pumping while building muscle mass. Unlike other boot camps, the trainers motivate through positive reinforcement rather than by yelling at clients or leaving passive-aggressive post-it notes on their fridges. Additionally, each energy-boosting session is held indoors, so students need not worry about sessions being canceled due to rain.
Vanessa Valentin knew her own health and happiness increased through practicing dance and fitness, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way. She opened RhythmX to make it happen, a fitness and dance studio focused on Latin and hip-hop grooves.
Here, Vanessa and 10 other instructors conduct three types of Zumba classes, including Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao, along with Latin hip-hop sessions. Unlike most hip-hop classes, which teach students a set routine, their sessions work to arm students with a core set of moves, helping them feel more comfortable on the dance floor.
Designed as a yoga studio for women, Yoga Girls by Allure fosters enhanced flexibility, strength, and grace with intensive hot-yoga and low-impact aerial-yoga classes. The studio's schedule features hot-yoga, sunrise, candlelight, dance-party classes and more intent on loosening taut sinews while balancing mind and spirit. Coed aerial-yoga sessions welcome students regardless of skill level with a sequence of traditional floor poses and asanas aided by a soft, fabric sling, which hangs at waist height and boasts the same construction material used by circus aerialists and baby-toting storks. The sling facilitates yogic practice by minimizing the strain placed on the joints, particularly during inversions and reenactments of classic kung-fu movies. The studio's Kidzone childcare service helps to keep offspring occupied with coloring books, television, and lectures on the importance of a 401(k).
It isn’t every day that student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio.
Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Recently featured on WKMG Local 6, Dance Trance offers women choreographed aerobic routines and the chance to gain lean muscle while busting heart-healthy moves. Founder and cardio conga-line leader Jay Handline began offering high-energy dance fitness courses many years ago, and his classes have evolved along with their ever-expanding popularity, maintaining a singular amalgamation of endurance-testing exercise and innovative choreography. The top-of-the-line studio and professional lighting system add to a thorough workout experience, and classes’ soundtracks run the genre gamut from reggae to hip-hop to Latin-jazz fusion. The hardworking, experienced staff gives members a perpetual-motion workout that helps participants build strength with a thorough, holistic workout.