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.
Though salsa dancing is her preferred method of winding down after a stressful day, Christine Zolman understands that some people desire a more traditional approach to relaxation. The massage therapist and owner of Kneading Serenity has formulated an extensive list of spa treatments that she and her multitalented team—a fellow therapist, an aesthetician, and several yoga and Pilates instructors—draw on to extinguish chronic pains and promote overall wellness.
As a certified massage therapist for more than a decade, Zolman can capably soothe muscles with Swedish, prenatal, and sports techniques. For an experience not often found on other spas’ menus, try the specialty esalan massage, which combines long strokes with acupressure, gentle rocking, and stretching to sculpt deep musculature. Licensed aesthetician Danielle Brewer focuses on superficial ailments, calling upon custom facials and microdermabrasion treatments to leave skin brighter than a disco ball dipped in radium. Yoga and Pilates classes meet five days a week and allow clients to heal their own bodies in sessions scaled to their abilities.
Founders of Fit For Life Bootcamp, Brien and Kimberly Brockway seemed destined to help others reach their fitness goals. For one, the couple met in college while running cross-country. Brien served in the U.S. Army, where he led soldiers through both physical and mental training. Kimberly, meanwhile, has been a certified trainer since 2006, and has worked with a variety of clients including athletes, kids, and pregnant women. Together, Brien and Kimberly orchestrate high-energy boot-camp sessions, and supplement their intense workouts with plenty of nutrition and dietary advice to maximize results.
Melissa Leach classes walk a tricky tightrope between the fun, upbeat energy of a party and the challenge of a heart-pumping workout. As a trained Zumba instructor, Melissa fills her sessions with passion, liveliness, and insistence that everyone shake off their worries. Set to the beat of Latin dance music, reggaeton, and top 40 hits, guests dance through choreographed moves from salsa and merengue while sloughing off excess calories and Carmen Miranda fruit hats.
Sumits yoga is an original style of yoga, created by yogi Sumit Banerjee, that blends hot yoga with ashtanga-inspired power flow. By integrating the core principles of these practices, Banerjee has created an energizing style that focuses on building strength, flexibility, balance, and intricate models of tanks inside oversized bottles. Sumits' classes welcome all types of students, from simple stretchers to Gumby-esque gurus. Check out the upcoming schedule to determine which 10 classes are best for transforming your body into a bendy straw. Students are asked to bring their own mat, towel, and water bottle. If you do not have the proper equipment, you can visit the studio's boutique and peruse the available apparel and accessories.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women are spread across six locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers’ fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.