At Legit Fit Boot Camp, there are no machines. There are no televisions. There aren't even mirrors. The center's certified instructors take a no-nonsense approach to building strength and endurance by using simple weights, balls, and bars atop a stark rubber floor in each of their diverse fitness routines. Though the staff strives to stave off needless distractions, they detest boredom as well. That's why they keep muscles guessing by combining numerous exercises from different workouts and varying those exercises each day. The curriculum of jumping jacks, squats, and hopscotch games on hot coals ensure students never know what to expect, and the staff's enthusiastic demeanor keeps them focused on their calorie-burning mission.
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, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds 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.
Energetic trainers motivate students to tone sinews and amp up endurance in semiprivate yoga, Pilates, and fitness sessions atop IM=X Pilates' sleek hardwood floors. The studio's flexible schedule arms students with an arsenal of sweat sessions seven days a week. Lax muscles morph into more sculpted sinews during an IM=X Basic class as students tone hips, chisel abs, and buff up funny bones with intensive exercises on the studio's refined Pilates reformer, the Xercizer. Yogis flow through Vinyasa postures full-force in IM=X Yoga, which cultivates balance and coordination and tempers mental tension. Clients can opt to extend limbs into graceful pliés and elegant arabesques in the IM=X bar program, which lengthens limbs and fortifies lower-body strength. Alternatively, a fast-paced spin class sweeps swiftly pedaling fitness-philes on a stationary cycling journey to surge circulation, boost endurance, and pick up stationary tricycles from daycare.
Inside West Little Rock CrossFit, bodies relearn how to move. The certified CrossFit trainers gear the routines not toward building bulky muscles, but creating natural motion: drills train clients to bend, lift, and perform just as they should at work or at home. Shunning industrial machinery, the workout of the day keeps guests engaged with free weights, medicine balls, and other functional tools, and blends core-strengthening drills with weightlifting moves such as squats, cleans, and presses. Trainers scale every routine to each client's ability, creating a supportive environment that welcomes everyone from athletes and firefighters to the everyday folks thrown over their shoulders.
The coaching staff at D1—which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers—refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
In conjunction with the yoga studio, The Floating Lotus Day Spa aims to beautify and relax clients using all-natural therapies, including body wraps, organic facials, waxing services, and massages. Wielding Éminence Organics skincare products, aestheticians deep cleanse faces using biodynamic ingredients designed to naturally hydrate and rejuvenate faces. Within the day spa's private rooms, therapists use methods such as Thai massage and foot-focused reflexology, as well as warmed lava stones, to melt away any knots or stale marshmallows hiding beneath the skin.