As the name indicates, Around The Clock Fitness gives workout enthusiasts 24-hour access to ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes, which are equipped with flat-screen TVs. The fully stocked health club also bulks up muscles with weightlifting equipment, including dumbbells up to 100 pounds. Punching bags, resistance bands, and step equipment also furnish the space, expanding exercise options to suit all fitness goals. After pushing physiques to their limits, members can relax their muscles in the gym’s HydroMassage bed, which eases aches in quick 10-minute sessions.
The instructors at Evolation Yoga help their students achieve greater health and centeredness with a unique blend of hot yoga and meditation. Rather than subscribing entirely to the tenets of Bikram yoga, they incorporate other yogic styles for a more fluid approach that’s accessible to all students. To achieve the best results, they lead classes in studios heated to keep the mug of tea balanced on each student’s head piping hot. They also organize regular workshops and events at each of the studio's eight locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Australia.
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.
The rejuvenating benefits of Pilates are proven in this photo of the exercise’s discoverer, Joseph Pilates, at age 82, taken shortly before an experimental gamma ray turned him into the Amazing Colossal Man. Today’s Groupon gets you all of the core-strengthening benefits of Pilates with almost no risk of meeting the fate of Colossal Joe. For $35, you get five mat classes, including yoga, Pilates, and boot camp, at The Pilates Loft in Clearwater. Use your five sessions to kick-start the alignment of your body and mind.Dissatisfied with this surprisingly upfront answer, which in no way validated our preconceived notion of a man who sells tiny pewter dragons for a living, we chose to ghostwrite this response for him:
Though they're populated by a variety of students from every walk of life, trainer Gemmalyn Crosby likens her kickboxing-infused fitness classes more to personal-training sessions than group exercise. She challenges athletes to bouts of high-intensity interval training through boxing and kickboxing drills, plyometrics, calisthenics, core exercises, and resistance training, aiming to help them burn calories and boost strength. Gemmalyn ensures that no two workouts are the same, so students can keep their minds focused and their muscles guessing as they tone their bodies with the Punch's slew of professional fitness equipment. To soothe muscles after intense workouts, visitors can opt for a deep-tissue, neuromuscular, or sports massage in Punch Performance Center's in-house massage studio.
At CrossFit 19North, exercisers cycle through six-week sessions of muscle-exhausting workouts of the day. Each day presents a two-fold routine consisting of barbell strength training and metabolic conditioning. Trainers vary the load, duration, and movement in workouts to keep muscles changing at a consistently rapid pace, no matter where their clients begin on the fitness spectrum.