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.
At VersaMax Fitness, certified sports nutritionist and personal trainer John Vandegriff and his staff create customized fitness routines. Most of that customization applies to the one-on-one personal-training sessions, which begin with assessments to calculate basics such as body mass index and body-fat percentage. Just as important, though, is VersaMax's nutritional supplements, which help keep exercisers fueled up, energized, and in constant possession of a maraca-type percussion instrument.
Uncluttered by impersonal equipment, The Firm's mirrored expanse of blond wood floors and taupe walls provide plenty of room for the instructors to move around. Trainers motivate clients to sweat toward svelte physiques during BodyPump sessions and BodyCombat classes that blend cardio and martial arts to get students kicking and punching through excess calories. Most of the classes leverage body weight or light equipment to trim waistlines and tone muscle with the exception of RPM classes, which build endurance and cardio strength using state-of-the-art Body Bikes.
Sensei Nick Intgroen, a third-degree black belt and recipient of nine international gold medals, pours the passion he’s had for martial arts since age 3 into shepherding students through classes designed to instill discipline, boost confidence, decrease stress, and lower weight. Learn an effective way to defend yourself against random attackers and projectile fruit through traditional Shotokan karate, a form of focused limb flailery introduced to Japan by the modern father of karate, Gichin Funakoshi. Sensei Intgroen guides students through the way of Shotokan Sunday–Thursday, and aims to calibrate out-of-sync cardiovascular chronometers in cardio and conditioning classes Monday–Wednesday. During two private lessons, you’ll get individualized attention as you master the precision and focus of martial artistry, giving you the dexterity to move gracefully and swiftly catch flies from a sensei’s hand using a lasso fashioned from dental floss. Students who choose to continue after the month offered by this Groupon will need to purchase a gi for an additional $40.
Though salsa dancing is her preferred method of winding down after a stressful day, Christine Zolman understands that some people desire a more traditional approach to relaxation. The massage therapist and owner of Kneading Serenity Massage and Wellness Center has formulated an extensive list of spa treatments that she and her multitalented team?a fellow therapist and several yoga and Pilates instructors?draw on to extinguish chronic pains and promote overall wellness.
As a certified massage therapist for more than a decade, Zolman can capably soothe muscles with Swedish, prenatal, and sports techniques. For an experience not often found on other spas? menus, try the specialty esalan massage, which combines long strokes with acupressure, gentle rocking, and stretching to sculpt deep musculature. Yoga and Pilates classes meet five days a week and allow clients to heal their own bodies in sessions scaled to their abilities.
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Group fitness classes and personal trainers are only a small sliver of the amenities at Elite Fitness. The gym also offers childcare services and a children?s dance studio so parents can work out worry-free. Tanning beds, meanwhile, allow guests to highlight contours and show off the hard work they've been doing on machines by Precor, Cybex, and Powertech, while a smoothie bar, salon, and massage studio await to refuel and refresh bodies post-workout. And, of course, the facility boasts immaculately maintained locker rooms where guests can shower (towels provided) and change back into their everyday clothes or hot dog suits before heading home.