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.
Former jiu-jitsu world champion Samir Chantre now teaches his craft at Team Endure Martial Arts and Fitness. Adults, children, and family pets learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques while building self-esteem and a sense of discipline. Team Endure also travels to churches, schools, and camps to help motivate kids and teenagers.
Nurse Practitioner Lydia Grant helps clients write the start of their own health stories. With a combination of prescription appetite suppressants, one-on-one counseling, and tips on calorie counting, she helps visitors achieve weight-loss goals and take back their health.
It’s easy to see the imprint of Body & Soul Fitness founder Jade Reyes on his studio’s class curriculum. His specialty in dance aerobics is displayed in exotic-dance and Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes. And his training in kickboxing informs not only classes in the same discipline, but also body-combat classes, which feature high- and low-impact moves to challenge exercisers of all fitness levels. He also specializes in spinning and knows much about massage therapy and relaxation, which explains why yoga is on the schedule and drinking Mountain Dew and screaming Van Halen lyrics is not.