Adjoining Prevail Fitness's cardio cave is an onsite day spa, where licensed massage therapists and aestheticians revive bodies with spa services that improve both the appearance and the mood. A 60-minute massage calms muscles worked up from bench-pressing weights and folding towels into swans. An express facial then cleanses skin of the sweat accumulated during epic aerobics adventures.
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.
The driving force behind Studio One Dance's welcoming atmosphere is owner Stephanie Slagle, a dancer who started at the age of 5. In an effort to replicate the opportunities she had as a youngster, Stephanie and her talented staff schedule classes for all ages and skill levels. Their curriculum ranges from classic jazz, ballet, and tap-dance classes to more physically demanding barre and Zumba dance-fitness classes, which are viable alternatives when the nightclub dance floor is too crowded for you to do pushups.
Though a flock of strollers cascading across a park may be an unusual sight, to Meg and Susan it's an average day at work. That's because they lead Stroller Strides classes for moms. During the classes, women build strength and tone muscles with interval training, while instructors infuse the session with activities to entertain the stroller-bound babies. In addition to Stroller Strides, Meg and Susan also lead 8-week Body Back sessions which use high intensity interval training and meal plans to help moms reach their fitness goals. Susan, a mother of two and Fit4Mom franchise owner, holds a MS in health education and specializes in prenatal and postnatal fitness. Through her work, she, along with Meg, help their clients realize that being a mom doesn't mean having to give up your own personal care or closet of barbells.
Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
Led by former college football player and Master Drill Instructor Delnorte Chunn, the crew at Fitness Bootcamp Inc. shows its clients how to boost endurance, increase muscle, and lose weight using only their bodies as resistance. Over the course of the outdoor boot camp, which combines strength and cardio training in functional exercises, participants track their daily deeds in food and workout logs. In turn, the staff keeps them motivated with daily support and nutritional education, as well as a survival party at the end of the camp.
Owned and operated by fitness consultant Kathleen Rea, Regeneration offers yoga, Pilates, yogalates, and cardio sculpt classes for keeping the body as close to its factory settings as possible. The yogalates class is the result of cross-breeding yoga and Pilates, both of which are also offered as separate classes, and is designed to maximize the body's muscle tone, improve its flexibility, and pour a fresh batch of strength into its core. During the cardio sculpt class, light weights and resistance training help tone bodies while increasing the odds of out-swimming an angry hippo. Walk-ins are welcome, but calling ahead is preferred.