In business for 33 years, Fitness One offers budget-friendly prices with the quality equipment and personal attention typically associated with pricier private gyms. Reap body benefits with solo workouts, or join group fitness classes. Class-goers can pop and lock pounds off during hip-hop dance sessions, or use core-strengthening workouts to forge solid abs that can ricochet even the nastiest dodge balls. High-energy Zumba classes for all experience levels fuse Latin rhythms with dynamic moves for intensive cardio, and daily spinning sessions pummel fat and tone legs with the aid of stationary bikes. After a hard-core workout, gym junkies can also take advantage of Fitness One's tanning services to highlight rippling flesh with a golden glow sure to catch the eye of any wandering leprechauns.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The aptly named Fitness Anytime offers a plethora of equipment 24 hours a day to accommodate all fitness styles and schedules. Classes are included with a membership and are conducted weekday evenings before the instructors set off for nocturnal ninja duties. Body Boot Camp combines cardio with calisthenics for a high-intensity workout that burns more than 650 calories in an hour, the equivalent of running five to seven miles or doing the running man to an entire MC Hammer album. The 15 Minute Abs for Beginners and Intermediates cuts to the core and transforms muffin tops into muscle in record-setting time. Achieve Gumby-esque flexibility, posture, and muscle tone with Pilates sessions, and banish boredom with a bevy of body-blasting routines in the Bands, Balls, and Weights class, for which mats and weights are provided.
Stephanie Babines had to fight to open her pole-fitness studio. The battle pitted her First Amendment rights against zoning regulations, and was featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today when the ACLU took on the lawsuit to get her permit. Stephanie's passion for self-expression has not faded, and today she and her instructors teach dance- and cardio-workout classes six days a week to help ladies of every age and build express themselves and achieve a sense of empowerment.
It's no surprise that Stephanie is serious about her craft. She has trained under the same choreographers who have coached Beyonce, Rihanna, and Britney Spears, and holds certifications in Advanced Pole and Hoopnotica dance. Her studio boasts amenities such as a spa and a dressing room fully stocked with towels and cosmetics. When they aren't twirling from the studio’s five onsite poles, she and her team might be throwing private bachelorette parties or fantasy photo shoots.