Owner Suzanne Gracan started FitZonePLUS with a welcoming philosophy at her boutique fitness facility for those looking to work out in a more motivational environment: to be supportive, non-judgmental, and inclusive with no attitude. In addition to a wide array of classes suitable for all fitness levels—from absolute beginners to intermediate—she and her team of instructors have designed modified group personal-training, BodyFIT, and Zumba classes. Classes are taught multi-level and are appropriate for beginners looking for guidance as well as those seeking a killer workout.Yoga classes are designed for beginner to intermediate levels and can be modified for most people through the use of props while Zumba classes are lower impact with simpler dance steps. Instructors help students by providing modifications to accommodate physical ability, keeping classes challenging in a motivational setting and the owner offers a free consultation if you require help in deciding which classes are best for you.
Mystic Pointe Yoga's 900-square-foot space transitions easily from a yoga studio to a hot yoga studio, thanks to infrared heaters designed to boost metabolisms, detoxify systems, and help oxygenate blood. The family-owned studio with a focus on building merchant-to-customer relationships complements infrared-warmed hot yoga classes with a variety of classic programs, such as Yoga Sculpt, which tones the entire body by working free weights into poses. Core Yoga, meanwhile, focuses on building abs and other central muscle groups. Relax and Flow yoga alleviates stress without teaching students to swaddle themselves inside rolled up yoga mats. The studio also offers more cardio-intense fitness classes such as Zumba and boot camp.
DivaGirl gives women a space to get together and explore their flirty, fun, and powerful side. The empowerment conglomerate cobbles together three divisions—DivaGirl Fitness, DivaGirl Entertainment, and DivaGirl Beauty—offering everything from flirty fitness classes and complete makeovers to vintage-style cabaret parties. In addition to their everyday offerings, the company hosts regular conferences to connect women with entrepreneurial opportunities, personal style workshops, and fitness resources in their area.
Izzy Fitness’s founder Isalba knows first-hand how difficult lifestyle changes can be. Formerly a self-described “obese sedentary person,” she is now an avid marathoner and runs her business in the hopes of inspiring others to live healthier. In doing so, she and her staff cultivate a convivial environment during dance-based fitness classes that focus on fun. The packed schedule of sessions offered seven days per week includes three types of Zumba, kickboxing, and Ultimate Workout, which combines everything from boot camp exercises to Tabata interval training.
Danceology owner and instructor Marla Silva has spent her life working to master the art of dance, whether she was studying it, competing in it, or teaching it. Marla, who is also certified in Sivananda yoga and Pilates, teaches a range of dance and fitness classes alongside her team of experienced instructors. The studio’s specialty is social and ballroom dances, such as the foxtrot, salsa, and samba. In the spacious and bright ballroom, partners and solo dancers learn to mambo, tango, and step gracefully around a long series of puddles. Danceology also offers fitness classes including Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Madd About Zumba’s name speaks to that of its founder—Maddalena Pignatari. With a BFA in Dance from York University and a Zumba certification, Maddalena is particularly mad about dance fitness. She specializes in Zumba classes, whose Latin-inspired routines incorporate occasional workout-intensifying props and weights. High-octane latin-pop music provides a soundtrack to the classes, as well as small-group or private personal-training sessions, whose curricula are more tailored to their participants. Personal-training regimens prevent fitness plateaus with three distinct workout phases, and can include a nutrition plan.