As a child, Shane Butler would pour through bodybuilding magazines, marveling at the bulging muscles and toned physiques of the men and women within their pages. His interest in fitness and muscle building would eventually bring him to competitions, where he earned the Oklahoma title in natural bodybuilding. Today, Shane Butler and his wife Jamie—a fellow aficionado of figure competitions—oversee their own private studio, drawing from their lifetime of training and competition experience to guide clients towards their fitness goals.
The Muscle-Licious gym abounds with 2,4000 square feet of traditional cardio and strength-training machines as well as functional equipment, such as sandbags, tires, and kettlebells. Here, instructors guide students of all fitness levels through boot-camp workouts, personal-training sessions, and posing classes. They also offer custom nutrition counseling, helping students craft proper meal plans in lieu of following a crash diet or burying their refrigerator in the backyard. The couple packs their onsite nutrition store with shelves of natural and effective nutritional supplements.
Heartstring unleashes an avalanche of precious and semiprecious natural stones, seed beads, tools, and wire from which crafty fingers can fashion vibrant DIY jewelry. Enticingly draped 12-inch strands of colored-glass lampwork beads ($11) and shiny 6-millimeter Czech Crystals ($3) beg to be selected for a project, as do a large selection of individual beads ($1 each) in a hodgepodge of sizes and materials. A range of Beadalon supplies, tools, and wires delivers the framework for hoisting beautiful creations.
In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the “low-calorie” diet. That’s because the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. A calorie is a unit of heat, or energy—specifically, the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60–75% of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10 percent of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.
In 1981, the founders of Mademoiselle Figure and Fitness opened the doors to their gym with a vision for it to become a place where women can get away from everyday life and focus on their fitness. Today, the staffers continue to support their female members’ fitness goals at two locations. Every member is assigned to a trainer who can meet with them for personal training sessions at no extra charge. As an added measure, trainers will give clients a call, e-mail, or smoke signal encouraging them to stay on track if they haven’t shown up at the gym in a while.
Both locations have heated pools where members can take Aqua Zumba and other water-based classes or do laps before relaxing in the whirlpool, steam room, or sauna. The trainers also lead Zumba, step, and other workouts on land. In addition to an indoor track, the gyms stock strength and cardio equipment from Precor, Life Fitness, Nautilus, and Cybex. After working out or stopping in for a session on the vibration platforms or tanning beds, members can pick up their kids from the babysitting area.
Beginners and athletes of all levels benefit from TRU YOU Fitness’s training programs, which aim to boost fitness by incorporating exercise along with tips on nutrition and lifestyle choices. With a clientele that includes high-school athletes and NBA stars, the staff runs private, semiprivate, and group circuit-training programs along with boxing and Zumba to keep bodies guessing and save them from the monotony of treadmills.
For about 30 years, The Weight Room has helped the residents of Oklahoma City lose weight and get in shape with its arsenal of free weights, aerobic equipment, and encouraging trainers. The gym also hosts group sweat sessions in specialties such as Zumba, Pilates, and cardio kickboxing.