Convenient and affordable! With our Exercise Academy, employees and spouses can exercise twice a week at a District work site or local facility for a very low fee. Top exercise instructors have been selected to teach for the Exercise Academy. They are very committed to ensuring that your personal fitness goals are met. Several District sites have been selected to host an on-site exercise program. Employees can register to participate at any site.
Winter Exercise Academy: Schedule will be released the the week of December 16 for January 2014 programs
Off-site Exercise Academy Class Locations:
Palmetto Art Center: 907 5th Avenue West, Palmetto
FitLorenzo: 1731 12th St East, Palmetto
Go Legs Cycling Studio: 3549 53rd Avenue West, Bradenton
Rotations Cycle Studio: 6277 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch
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Align and Define Yoga: This alignment-based yoga class includes a variety of traditional and modified yoga postures designed to build strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance. Participants learn how to align the body to optimize the physical and mental benefits of yoga practice.
Ballroom Dancing: A great class for couples or individuals wanting to learn Ballroom Dancing steps. This class takes it the next level as basic steps are reviewed and more steps are added. Focus will be given to specific form, more technical aspects of the dances, adn putting the steps all together.
Breath and Body: A total body training session offering 25 minutes of standing resistance training, 25 minutes of Pilates based mat work, and 10 minutes of active stretching. The class is mildy aerobic but burns approximately 250 to 300 calories due to the post-session elevation in metabolism. Clients will learn proper form and posture for weight lifting and resistance exercises, learn how to use breath in combination with effort and movement, and learn some great stretching techniques.
Buns and Guns: The name is both a description a goal! This 50 minute class chiseles arms and shoulders with moves for lower body strength and toning. Expect cardio and strength training circuits with different variety every week!
Cardio Strength Fusion: This is a "one-stop-shop" fitness class to get your cardio, strength, and mind/body workouts in. The cardio segment will blend traditional low impact aerobics, Zumba, and kickboxing moves. The strength training component allows for everyone to work at their own pace and options are provided to accomodate bad knees, backs, shoulders, and wrists. The final minute of the class blends yoga, Pilates, and relaxation techniques.
Dance Fitness: Start off with 30 minutes of Zumba! The moves are set to such great music that you won't even know you are working out. No dance experience is needed. The last 30 minutes blends traditional strength training with yoga and Pilates with the final few minutes put aside for relaxation. Modifications will be provided for those who have knee, back, shoulder, etc injurites. Sharon's class will sculpt your body from head-to-toe.
FitLorenzo BootCamp: A results oriented training program designed to get you into shape fast. Ed Lorenzo will help you reach your goals with his expertise in sports performance, injury prevention, corrective exercises, physique enhancement, and weight loss. Each week, you'll challenge your body through sport and military drills and a combination of strength, cardiovascular, core and flexibility training.
Fitness BASICS: Has it been awhile since you have done physical activity? Or do you need a reminder and accountability? This is the perfect basic class to gradually get your body into shape. You will get an entire body training class that combines aerobic exercise and muscular conditioning. This will include a strong focus on core training using innovative exercises and games. All moves can be modified for varying fitness levels...and it will be lots of FUN!
Yoga for All: This yoga class is perfect for the beginner yoga participants. Class will start slow to warm-up and limber your body. You will learn different variations of sun salutations, standing poses, and various stretches. Class ends with a quiet, relaxing, meditation moment. The flowing movement and breath is designed to improve your physical and mental health while relaxing the mind and body.
Pilates Flow: This class used Pilates mat work and small balls and rings as tools to help focus on core strength. Pilates is mostly about the movement and position of the spine - flexion, extension, rotation, and lateral flextion while you move your arms and legs in controlled positions.
Rapid Toning: In 60 minutes you will receive a full-body workout with a combination of cardio, dynamic stretching, and weight training. The first 40 minutes will include light weights, body weight exercises, burst of cardio, and toning abdominal work. High repetitions will boost your endurance, speed your metabolism, and increase your comfort with learning new exercise moves. Class will end with a light combination of pilates, yoga, or stretching to aid in muscle recovery and help you relax at the end of the day.
Sculpt+Strength+Cardio: Shape and Tone your body with this total body workout. This no-nonsense strength training class is for men and women who want to get stronger, look better, and feel healthier. It is a heart pumping class that is sure to burn calories and shoot your energy through the roof! Challenge yourself with core, upper, and lower body conditioning while stimulating your metabolism with cardio and muscle toning. Laura's class incorporates interval training, circuits, partner workouts, muscle toning, and fun fitness games so you will never get bored!
Spin: Great for all skill levels! This high energy ride will torch calories, reduce stress, increase cardiovascular fitness, and strengthen/tone your legs. Classes include flats, sprints, combos, and hills while changing resistance and cadence to match the music and terrain.
Tennis for Life: Never picked up a racket? Not a problem! This class covers basic tennis skills, scoring, and game play. The seasoned players will focus on skill developement and advanced tactics. You'll improve your cardiovascular conditioning, overall well-being, and enhance motor skills in a relaxed social setting.
Yogalates: A blend of yoga and Pilates into one class to build strength and gain flexibility. You will experience the lengthening and stretching aspects of yoga along with mat work adopted from Pilates that will challenge your gluts and abs. It's about energy, core strength, and stability. Each class will end with relaxation to release tension and allow your body to slow down and let go.
Zumba: An exhilerating, Latin-inspired, carlorie burning dance fitness party. You will burn lots of calories as you learn salsa, merengue, cha-cha, regeton, bachata, and more. This is a fun, effective workout regardless of your dance and fitness background.