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 sounds of pumping weights and bodies in motion echo 24/7 as Snap Fitness members work out at whatever time fits their schedule. A refundable $25 access card gives members the freedom to come and go as they please. Ample staffed hours allow exercisers to develop custom workouts alongside supportive personal trainers or holograms of Richard Simmons. Virtual Active treadmills display videos from the Grand Canyon, state parks, or Chicago’s scenic streets to challenge runners with a variety of terrain types, and MyRide virtual cycling machines coach riders with virtual trainers in HD-quality videos.
As a division of Bronson Healthcare Group, Bronson Athletic Club (BAC) strives to engage people in a healthier lifestyle. Top-of-the-line fitness and sports facilities—including 80 cardio stations with personal theater systems, an indoor track, and a full-size basketball and volleyball court—made BAC a first runner-up in the Best Health Club category of the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Reader's Choice awards. Members participate in multilevel group fitness programs such as full-body boot-camp workouts, yoga, and Zumba classes. Studios feature maple floors that diminish shocks and a warm-water exercise pool for low-impact fitness or walleye diasporas.
Among other amenities, the deli nourishes visitors with a menu of healthy sandwiches and smoothies, and the spa relaxes muscles in whirlpools and steam rooms. The nutrition-savvy staff, which includes personal trainers and a registered dietitian, helps people drop pounds with individualized weight-loss programs.
The staff members of privately-owned SWAT Fitness Club present a wide range of over 60 Les Mills fitness classes each week. They curate a selection of the nationally prominent program's sessions that includes CXWorks & RPM, Body Pump, Body Attack, and Body Flow. The latter involves a confluence of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. They also offer Pilates, SilverSneakers, and YogaStretch classes. In addition to this diverse buffet, SWAT's team promotes health in a 26,000 sq. ft. space with cardio equipment, which includes Stairmasters, Cybex ARC Trainers, stationary bikes, treadmills, and a cardio theater, where you just watch that scene from Forrest Gump and get fit. Certified fitness experts comprise the staff, and their beats cover the facility's various areas for free weights, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines. The club’s amenities—the café and childcare center—augment the classes and workout equipment. Locker rooms are the cherry on top, featuring steam rooms and complimentary toiletries.