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Best Fitness & Dance Studios In DFW

January 6, 2014 5:00 AM

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Pilates, yoga, cycling, jazz, tap, ballet, Zumba, belly dancing and even pole dancing are some of the ways people are keeping themselves slim and trim while having fun. Here are a few places you might want to consider when trying to shed post-holiday pounds.

Beyond
4348 Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 696-5555
www.thebeyondstudios.com

Along with three locations in Dallas, Beyond Studio offers three different types of workouts. Its Pilates Remixed class is a 50-minute full-body workout that combines a Pilates, barre, yoga and strength training set to music. The Barre Remixed class is a ballet-inspired workout that incorporates movements and music. The Cycling Remixed class offered at the Snider Plaza location is no ordinary spin class. Pilates-based instruction on proper posture and body alignment help you have a more effective workout and increase your endurance.

Carrollton Recreation Center
1610 E. Crosby Road
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 466-9810
www.cityofcarrollton.com

You don’t have to be a resident of Carrollton in order to enjoy the fitness classes offered at the Carrollton Recreation Center. You also don’t have to pay a membership fee. You only pay the class fee. If you want to try something different without stressing out your body, belly dancing might be the way to go. The hour-long beginning and intermediate classes provide core strengthening and are fun. This type of dancing uses completely different muscles than you would use at a gym. The movements help you to feel beautiful. It is easier on your knees than Zumba because the movements are slower and more precise. Everybody is self-conscious initially but once you try it, you get over it and have fun.

Bodybar
4514 Travis St., Suite 105
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-2227
www.bodybarstudios.com

The Bodybar’s three metroplex locations offer nine different 50-minute classes. The Power Tower class is for a person seeking flexibility. It is a restorative workout that is great for a beginner or an athlete. The Reformer class is a basic foundational class that can be very intensive. The Cardio Chair class offers a combination of cardio floor exercises and a Pilates chair to strength your core. The Reformer Jump class is a combination a cardio workout and traditional Pilates. The uniqueness of this class is that you are jumping horizontally. It is a gentler exercise that is easy on the spine.

Related: Best Zumba Studios In DFW

Richland College
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75243
(972) 238-6100
www.zumba.com

In an hour-and-20-minute Zumba class over 16 weeks, cardiovascular fitness is achieved through international dance movements. Fast and slow dance moves along with cardio exercises tailored to an individual’s fitness level help build muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. This is a very intense, on-your-feet, non-stop moving class.

Sweat and Stilettos
NXT Rep Fitness
2525 Inwood Road, Suite 233
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 231-3116
www.sweatandstilettos.com

In a pole dance class you do a warm up, learn pole moves i.e., spinning around a pole like a fireman, front hook spin, attitude spin and back hook spin, as well as implement these moves in a free-style dance routine and then a cool down. This 75-minute class helps build upper body strength and fosters confidence. Class sizes are small (under 10 students) so students can receive individualized assistance when needed. There are co-ed as well as women-only classes.

Related: Best Budget Fitness Classes In DFW

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and
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