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 by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute 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.
While some do chin-ups on the pull-up bars others lift barbells and swing kettlebells overhead, while still others flip enormous tractor tires from end-to-end. It’s all part of the daily routine at CrossFit Queen Creek, where trainers change up the exercises each day to stave off boredom. The small group sizes in each class also ensures personal attention, while the functional full-body motions of the workouts ensures total body fitness.
Claudia Schroeder first started practicing yoga in 1996 as a way to find refuge from stress. In 2007, with more than 10 years of training under her belt, she decided to become an instructor to share the life-changing practice with others. Now helming her own studio, Sol Yoga, she connects with the community, while also strengthening her familial bonds. Her husband and daughter work alongside her as co-founder and an instructor, respectively, and teaching classes helps her stay in shape to keep up with her three granddaughters, who were just signed as first-draft NFL running backs.
The three of them, along with a cast of diverse teachers, aim to help students care for their bodies and cultivate an openhearted attitude during classes for students of all ages and ability levels. In addition to yoga, they offer Yo-Pi Core—a blend of yoga and Pilates that builds strength, balance, and flexibility—as well as Zumba, which encourages students to let loose with fun, Latin-inspired dance moves.
LimeTime Fitness boasts rows of great equipment—including Cybex treadmills, spin bikes, and TRX Suspension Training—and a friendly staff on hand to teach patrons how to use the equipment properly. Like the Hulk’s interior-design scheme, all the gyms have a purple-and-green color motif, adding pops of vibrant color to the free-weight-lined facilities. Students in each LimeTime class receive a heart rate monitor so that they can keep track of calorie-burn count and learn how to stay in their targeted fat-burning zone to maximize fitness results.
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.
As a mother and wife, Tammy Mills can understand why many of her clients want to get in shape; as a coach, she has the tools to help them do it. She heads to clients’ homes to helm personal-training sessions and leads group boot-camp classes, which combine strength and cardio moves for a full-body workout. She pairs her fitness focus with weight-management and dietary analyses to further improve clients’ health.
Velocity Sports Performance hones athletic skills with speed and agility classes that instill stamina and technique in adults as well as youths. Held atop pastures of indoor athletic turf and synthetic sprint tracks, 60-minute Adult Fitness sessions loosen joints with a series of dynamic warm-up exercises followed by strength training and athletic drills. Much like the constitutional definition of treason, class content changes daily for variety, and the center's experienced coaches tailor the intensity of the instruction to match each student's abilities.