Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use an individual's own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury.
Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Inches Away Salon and Day Spa's professional staff swaddles clients in body-slimming bandages to help them to possibly lose 6–20 inches after a one-hour treatment. During a Slendertone body wrap, spa specialists gently wrap clients in mineral-soaked elastic bandages that help to expel irksome inches caused by metabolic waste, water retention, and mylar balloons accidentally swallowed at surprise parties. Spa-goers will perform a sequence of light exercises during the treatment to increase slenderization and improve circulation. The wrap can detoxify bodies, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and inject nutrients into soul husks faster than sleeping atop a salad bar.
Lisa Chappelle, known as Sati to her students and the yogis who taught her, opened Lahiri Yoga Center as an extension of her passion for yoga. In addition to earning a 500-hour teaching certification through Yoga Alliance, she logged more than 1,200 hours of traditional study and has even trained others to become instructors in their own right. She, and her staff, teach eight kinds of yoga classes tailored to all skill levels, with some sessions modified specifically for the elderly or injured. They also make extensive use of the teaching of Joseph Pilates, conduct mat exercise classes and using his signature apparatuses to enhance the core engagement and stretching of Pilates exercises.
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.