Beneath the purple-and-white-striped walls, ladies of all ages and fitness levels twirl around poles and sink seductively into chairs during The Perfect Poleforma’s alternative fitness classes. Instructors lead groups of up to 10 women through beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. The classes start with basic pole spins and leg-strength exercises and graduate to swinging upside down, hanging onto the pole with just the inner thighs, and climbing flagpoles to add stars as new states are discovered. They also conduct parties for bachelorettes and birthday girls, allowing groups of friends free rein of the ceiling-mounted poles.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues that tell participants it's time to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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. Between each weight machine, ladies pause at recovery stations to keep hearts pumping as exercisers walk, run, or jog in place. With each workout warrior exercising at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
James and Alicia Bourdier strive to share their passion for music with their students at helm Bon Temps Misique through lessons for anyone ages 4 and up. The duo specializes in areas of instruction that include instruments such as piano, drums, woodwinds, and brass, and they also offer composition and theory classes.
Pencils and markers are nowhere to be found amid the array of colorful paints that fill Artistico Express's cozy studio. Instead, painters of any age and ability reach for paintbrushes, sponges, and stamps to create personal artworks on everything from plates, tiles, and masks to jewelry created from silver clay.
Foxy's Fitness Center encompasses a trio of workout facilities—including a women's-only club on Old Hammond Highway—where trainees sweat through group, semiprivate, and private sessions. With cardio and strength machines for self-guided reps, as well as DotFit nutrition guidance for all ages, the centers cater to guests of every fitness background. Exercise classes entail engaging actions, from cycling in studios to calisthenics to otter-cuddling contests in the indoor pools.
A fitness center with three experienced, certified trainers, BRfit tailors each new member's workout according to individual problems diagnosed during a functional movement screening. The screening roots out irregular movement patterns, then prescribes exercises and stretches to correct any problems caused by having a crab torso or cherub wings. Group training is divided into two phases. The first employs a brigade of exercises to roust degenerate muscles detected in the screening. The second phase is a workout that takes the body on a heart-pumping metabolic thrill ride that lasts 40 minutes and ends with the police chief giving back your badge and gun. Personal training sessions hew exercise even more closely to personal goals and movement screening results. Group sessions must be used within four weeks of your first visit; consult the schedule to find sessions that don't conflict with your visit to the offworld colonies.