As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles. Among the myriad services, this location also offers a range of Zumba offerings like Zumba in the Circuit, toning, and regular Zumba, as well as weight-loss nutirition programs.
The experienced Kundalini instructors at Kundalini Yoga House guide guests through mind and body exercises, teaching an ancient form of yoga that focuses on awakening untapped energy via a series of poses, breathing exercises, and meditation. Banish stress by twisting torsos and elongating appendages during the yoga for stress relief classes, or feel your breath ebb and flow during breathing practices in the yoga for harmony session (taught in Spanish). The 60-minute yoga for women course teaches Kundalini yoga sets and meditations that are specially designed for women, just like stilettos and pH-balanced deodorant.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Each day, Crossfit 956 comes to life with individuals looking to whip their bodies into shape. People squat with heavy medicine balls, climb ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and flip over giant tires. They also work muscles during weightlifting reps, and lift their own weight using pull-up bars.