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. 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.
Inside CrossFit Steel Town, stacks of weight plates and patches of artificial turf establish the gym as a serious workout space. Around the gym, instructors lead intense workouts that focus on functional-movement exercises, from pushes and pulls to jumps and sprints. Exercise regimens change each day to keep both bodies and minds activated.
Many gyms are essentially adult playgrounds where grownups run, jump, and sweat with their friends. The trainers at Pure Athletex Sportsplex take that idea one step further, complimenting their 1/8-mile track with a custom, adult-ready jungle gym. They challenge members to complete exercise circuits blending climbing and swinging with more standard cardio and strength training. They take on whole groups of students in regularly scheduled exercise classes ranging from yoga to TRX suspension training and Zumba. They torch even more calories with nationally renowned Les Mills group aerobics, which ramp up heart rates through time-tested methods of high stepping or releasing vipers into the classroom.
When not helping members achieve their general health goals, the trainers turn their attention to more sport-specific training. They offer speed and strength conditioning geared toward multiple games, but their headline sport is tennis, for which they host an entire academy with indoor and outdoor courts. They invite members to relax as well as work with an onsite, health-focused restaurant and juice bar called Pure Hospitality.
Rather than letting guests loose on intimidating weights and boring exercise machines, You Rock Fitness Wexford brings exercisers together in an energizing array of intimate group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. Instructors Amy, Michelle, and Emily take their cues from students as they cultivate a schedule of classes with intense workouts like POUND and R.I.P.P.E.D. Both classes are uniquely different except for the fact that they put bodies through an grueling workout that can burn up to 1000 calories in just under an hour.
Situated in what was once an electronics store, the space's formerly drab interior has taken on an electrifying new look, brimming with bright purples and lime greens that complement gleaming hardwood floors. A wavy mirror shoots back students' sweat-streaked reflections in the main studio as children play within eye range in the Kidz Room—designed and painted by the instructors' daughters, this child-friendly zone keeps kids entertained during their parents' workouts with games, puzzles, and Cabbage Patch drill instructors.
Mark and Kathryn Roberts are both certified CrossFit trainers who use functional-fitness exercises to help people drop pounds and sculpt muscles. Their gym is outfitted with weights to lift, kettlebells to swing, and ropes to climb. Sets of gymnastics-style rings enable guests to build upper-body strength.
Power Train Sports & Fitness designed their classes for students of all athletic ability. Each workout combines cardio intervals with strength training to build lean muscle and maximize fat burn. Classes are taught with a personalized touch and are designed to keep clients engaged to maximize results.
At 14 facilities across the U.S., Power Train Sports & Fitness' trainers and fitness professionals have helped clients attain their personal goals, whether its a pro football player looking for a professional career or an everyday exerciser trying to find a healthier physique. To do so, trainers don't use a Magic-8 ball; instead, they ask a lot of questions, and then design fitness programs around a client's specific targets. The resulting programs can achieve everything from improved overall fitness and weight loss to enhanced core strength and better flexibility.