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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.
Delia is just as comfortable welding a torch as she is a paintbrush. As an artist, her affinity for metal and enamel media merges to result in a range of whimsical sculptures and fabrications. One of the most impressive is her signature piece Me Deuce, a 14-foot sculpture depicting a bronze snake-haired woman drawing a bow. It's on display at Barbacoa Grill, where it can only be defeated if shown its reflection in a clean plate.
Delia's works are born at FireFusion Studio, where she also passes on her passion for art in social, hands-on classes that encourage creative experimentation. She acquaints beginners with her methods in Introduction to Enameling, in which she details how to fuse glass and metal to create colorful pieces that are organic or geometric in nature. In more advanced classes, she covers how to make enamel pendants by layering foils and blending paint colors, as well as working with liquid enamel and etching designs on copper. She also opens her studio's doors for open-access labs, providing experienced artisans a place to create.
Improvolution’s motto is “live funny, die laughing,” and although it’s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment’s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
The NASM-, NETA-, and Les Mills–certified trainers at Alacrity Fitness understand the difficulty of staying motivated throughout exercise and nutrition regimens. Trainers obliterate boredom during group classes, alternating the workout each week to keep muscles mystified. Using kettlebells, rope walls, free weights, and free-range punching bags, instructors solidify core strength, balance, and flexibility. The team's boot camps for kids recognize the importance of forming healthy eating and exercising habits early on. Sessions operate in a fun and nurturing environment brimming with equipment that engages the senses and obeys the very same laws of physics that adult equipment does.
Johnny's Fit Club Fitness allows clients 24-hour access to workout equipment and tanning services. Individuals can work toward fitness goals with one-on-one personal-training sessions, or find moral support during group classes such as boot camp, Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing. Instructors lead kids into healthier states with specialty dance and fitness classes. In addition to workouts, trainers help clients reach total wellness with their nutritional tracking services.
At Warrior Fit Body Boot Camp, nationally certified trainer Darrin Walton uses metabolic-training techniques to help clients get fit and svelte as quickly as possible. His classes revolve around high-intensity intervals and circuits, which often include kickboxing moves, bodyweight exercises, and battling-rope drills. Many workouts emphasize Tabata training, in which participants rest briefly between intervals to rev up their metabolisms for up to 48 hours. During each class, Darrin exudes enthusiasm and cultivates a supportive vibe among students of all skill levels. He also charts students' body composition to keep them motivated as they watch their fat levels drop, their muscles bulk, and their pecs lay eggs and multiply. A collection of online tools—including a goal tracker, a meal planner, and a nutrition learning center—helps students cultivate healthy habits outside the classroom.