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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. 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.
Captained by a brigade of trained instructors, Jazzercise Inc's classes amalgamate dance-based cardio, strength training, and stretching into total body exercises eliminating 600 calories from participant bodies while toning musculature. Scored to top 40, jazz, country, and Benedictine monk hits, one-hour jazzercise classes intermingle moves from hip-hop, yoga, and kickboxing during 30-minute aerobic workouts that segue into strengthening weight workouts and a body-loosening stretching finale. Body-sculpting sessions last 40–50 minutes and fuse strength training and stretching movements into positions that fortify cores, chisel arms, and firm legs. Patrons can select a befitting instructor and location online before shimmying into classes that fluctuate anywhere from 15 to 150 participants depending on time, whereabouts, and the number of tubas taking the class.
Brandy Hollaway?armed with an arsenal of certifications from ISSA, ACE, and IFA, among others?educates, motivates, and shapes up her clients through her R.E.A.L. (relationships, exercise, attitude, and lifestyle) method. She and her staff of fitness specialists, athletic coaches, and nutritionists whip corporate teams and individual fitness-seekers into shape with their body-bending fitness, yoga, and boot-camp programs. Hollaway's coaches even travel to homes to lead private yoga and fitness classes. To demystify healthy eating and decode what the all-seeing eye at the top of the food pyramid means, the staff carries out nutrition lessons, holistic life coaching, and tele-coaching to reach out to clients with scheduling or travel limitations.
Following the CrossFit ethos, CrossFit Chesapeake's instructors design high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness levels, participants may begin the gym's muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with sonorous dumbbells and hissing kettle bars, as well as with plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping also enliven workouts.
At Your Time Fitness, members pump iron and fortify their heart 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a key card that grants access any time. Cardio-training equipment, such as treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals, lets clients sweat without the hassle of hiring a personal interrogator, whereas strength-training equipment, such as free weights, adjustable benches, and squat racks, boosts muscular prowess. To take the mathematical calculations out of muscle toning, the gyms’ full Cybex resistance-machine circuit targets every muscle group without a thought, letting patrons go from one to the next for an easy, no-nonsense workout.
Bodily makeovers go even further with a session from Your Time’s team of certified personal trainers. Fitness pro Jesper Anderson stepped into the spotlight when he trained a contestant in season 3 of The Biggest Loser; the contestant lost 118 pounds and went on to become a runner-up in the competition.
Compound Crossfit's certified trainers help clients achieve their personal fitness goals through CrossFit classes and personal-training and boot-camp sessions. CrossFit courses challenge participants with a new workout each day, and personal-training packages hold guests to objective benchmarks with a regimen of nutritional counseling, conditioning, and monthly progress tracking. The team also offers wedding fitness packages to help clients reach their weight-loss goals before they walk down the aisle or ceremoniously crowd surf at the reception.