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.
Inside NBalance Hot Yoga & Fitness's studios, infrared-heating systems warm only the objects in studios, not the air that surrounds them. This technology prevents studios from feeling oppressively hot while still delivering the benefits of hot yoga: systemic detoxification and an intensified cardio workout. In the warmth of the studio’s confines, yoga classes range from hot yoga, during which students hold Hatha poses to increase endurance, to Vinyasa style, in which flowing transitions link Hatha poses to the sounds of upbeat music. The studio also offers indoor cycling sessions, Pilates, and TRX workouts, conducted on a suspension trainer that harnesses the power of body weight and gravity.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($39.95), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation offered to each new member helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, and a personal-training session ($40) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.