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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. 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.
After giving birth to her son in 2009, Jen weighed nearly 300 pounds. Enticed by Hoopnotica’s unorthodox, fun approach to cardio, Jen began teaching herself and hooped through an entire song within three weeks. After a year of hoop and an improved diet, she shed 140 pounds. Inspired by her discipline, Jen’s husband, Keith, became her first Hoopnotica student and has lost more than 100 pounds.
These days, the Hoopnotica master trainer and certified hoop dance instructor teaches more than 15 Hoopnotica classes each week. With hoops made by Keith, students in private lessons, group classes, and workshops learn basic moves such as waist hooping, hip hooping, and whoop hooping, the Victorian method of curing whooping cough by just regular hula-hooping. Once they get the hang of it, pupils begin fortifying their cores, building stamina, and burning upward of 300 calories an hour.
After class, pupils can purchase Hoopnotica products such as DVDs and travel hoops or request a custom hoop with more than 60 tape choices. Outside the classroom, Jen and Keith train and certify new Hoopnotica instructors throughout the country and continue sharing their stories through media outlets such as Today.
Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
Dr. Kiltz embraces holistic eastern therapies for treatment in conjunction with western medicine. He feels that holistic therapies helps to center and balance individuals. Life can be very stressful. At CNY Healing Arts we offer practices which teach how to cope with stressful situations and create balance and wellness with
When Marina Lisser was 14, she decided to take up dancing, despite the fact that in her native Russia, she was considered much too old to start. Firmly flouting social convention, she thrived, competing at the professional level and landing a fifth-place finish in the European Cup finals. Eventually, she went on to earn a master's degree in Dance Forms and write a dissertation on the psychology of competition.
But none of that prepared her for the shock that awaited her when she landed in New York City to work for Fred Astaire Dance Studios in 1993. She hadn't realized she'd be teaching a totally new kind of student: adult amateurs. She'd only taught professionals and children who wanted to dance for a living. If 14 was too old to start dancing in Russia, how would she teach adults in America?
Through trial and error, she figured it out by ignoring, according to a feature in Democrat and Chronicle, whatever holds her students back. "I'm one of those horrible Russian teachers," Marina confessed. "We want what we want; there is no such thing as limits."
Today, she and her staff of instructors specialize in two styles: American Smooth and Rhythm, and International Standard and Latin. Students learn to waltz, tango, and foxtrot atop the ballroom's sprung wood floor, which cushions feet and joints, while wall-length mirrors help them self-correct their form. In addition to teaching social dance skills and helping affianced couples prepare for their first dance, the instructors also ready competitive dancers to take first place medals in everything from cabaret dancing to swing, often by deftly prancing over the laser security systems that guard them. Marina is certified in dance therapy, as well as social and competitive wheelchair dancing, to make dance accessible to everyone.
At her eponymous practice, Jeanne Soleille practices the ancient art of acupuncture to redirect the flow of energy through the body, in turn stimulating organ systems, improving mood, and alleviating stress. For the past 18 years, she’s wielded the hair-thin needless to help all manner of patients find relief from unpleasant ailments or finally stand up to balloon-animal street toughs. Blending millennia-old healing with modern science, she also uses a computerized biofeedback system in some of her sessions to identify disharmony in the body and help plan an effective treatment regimen.