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.
At Hour of Change Fitness, Nnamdi Ugbaja takes a mental and physical approach to fitness with dynamic workouts in an environment steeped in biblical principles. Nnamdi, who himself has undergone an incredible physical transformation, leads private, in-home personal-training sessions at any location. He also holds group fitness classes and sport-specific training during the off-season.
Owner and head instructor Michael Harris?AKA Coach Mike?helms 1 On 1 Health Fitness, backed by a trio of dedicated coaches. Together, they offer clients customized personal-training programs as well as group fitness classes, guiding them through high-intensity interval training in boot-camp classes, coordinated breathing and poses in yoga classes, and self-defense exercises in their authentic Brazilian jiu-jitsu program. In addition these sessions, 1 On 1 provides weight-loss programs that utilize Usana nutritional supplements and Coach Mike also shares his talents during fitness seminars.
At House of Phitness & Nutrition, certified trainers lead group and personal training sessions. Athletes sweat through moves that blend calisthenics, plyometrics, functional training, and self-defense, all designed to work with their individual bodies. Classes meet indoors at various gyms and outdoors at area parks during warm months.
Students should bring: Towels
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: Arrive early for class.
For more than 30 years, the ladies at Women's Workout & Wellness have cultivated a supportive environment in which women can focus on health, fitness, and wellness. Whether grooving through Zumba sessions, pushing weight sleds, performing lifts, or sweating, students find plenty of challenges in the center’s classes. Staffers gauge fitness level by analyzing BMI and testing cardio, strength, flexibility, and the ability to karate-chop airborne cucumbers. Experts also lend advice on nutritional intake and help clients set personalized goals. Before and after sweat sessions, ladies can suit up and cool down in the spacious showers and locker rooms at each location. Daycare is available at some locations for a nominal fee.