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 by 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.
The instructors of Zumbamyheart.com—Claudia, Jinger, and Miriam—identify more as party hosts than teachers. At each Zumba class, they run their guests through intuitive dance moves set to music, as everyone shimmies off excess calories. Their choreography doubles as a toning and cardio workout, and transforms exercise from a chore into a shared celebration for exercisers of all fitness levels.
Tread Fitness rescues gymless wanderers from fitness ruts and returns them to the path of dynamic exercise, employing a program that emphasizes the acceleration of metabolism, toning muscle, and building strength. The challenging and exhilarating group classes are motivating and help develop solidarity between exhausted yet energized fellow muscle owners. Through the Abs & Arms course, skilled trainers lead a series of weight repetitions and cardiovascular interludes to chisel limbs and flatten torsos. Meanwhile, during the 54 thumping minutes of Tread54, each muscle will flex and burn from multiple six-minute segments that include throwing punches, jumping rope, running circuits, and circus bloopers (see schedule here). Bring a towel and water to your workouts.
Q&A with Latashia, Owner of iS.W.E.A.T. Studio
Tell us about your business.
It's not a gym—it's an experience! iS.W.E.A.T. Studio is a fitness studio dedicated to providing a healthy family environment while helping clients reach their goals with health and fitness.
What makes your business stand out?
We are personally invested in the journey of every single person that walks through our door. Boring treadmill and ellipticals are a thing of the past here.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
After losing 100 pounds and knowing how uncomfortable it was in a gym environment at my heaviest, I wanted to provide a haven for people to go with no judgment—where it's fun to workout and people are like family.
How do you help motivate your patrons?
We have a "no judgment" zone when you walk through our doors. Whether you've never taken a class or are among the most experienced—we are all here to support each other and reach our goals.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Changing lives daily and making people love working out.
Oluremi Sano had one of her earliest dance experiences at Bryan Adams High School, performing as a Bryan Adams Belle. Since then, she has undergone extensive training and earned a graduate degree in higher education administration. Combining her skill sets, she founded Fihankra Dance & Fitness Studio to create a community that valued both dance and fitness. The studio’s motto is “per ankh seneb,” or health, wealth, and prosperity. They teach more than 14 styles of dance class in an aim to get people moving and help them achieve their fitness goals. Zumba, Bollywood, African dance, and yoga classes run seven days a week.
Within the pleasant yellow walls of S4L Studios, upbeat music mingles with the whirs of stationary bike wheels and the motivational words of instructor Keith Owens. The former college football player energizes students with a structured regimen, which he learned in a competitive athletic-training program and from years of teaching. Students tone their lower body and abs while bolstering cardiovascular health atop one of the 28 Spinner NXT bikes, pedaling at their own pace and fueling themselves on the student camaraderie that permeates each class. Unlike running marathons or standing in for Lou Ferrigno’s pogo stick, spinning provides exercisers with a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints.