As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty seconds 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.
Pro Fitness is a sprawling athletic facility, with rows of professional exercise equipment, racks of free weights, and a private cardio theater. Within workout studios, certified trainers lead an array of group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, and boot camp. The instructors also offer personal-training sessions, tailoring workouts to accommodate each client's unique abilities and goals.
Jefferson City CrossFit's minimalistic approach to fitness is evident in its sparse 1,700-square-foot studio, aptly dubbed "The Box". In lieu of complicated cardio and strength machines, it holds barbells, pull-up bars, and medicine balls—all of the back-to-basics essentials that make CrossFit such a challenging workout. From the novice exerciser to the seasoned athlete, these fitness tools work to sculpt muscles and burn calories quickly during ever-changing workouts of the day.
The term "fitness center" often conjures up the image of an endless sea of treadmills or a gang of spandex-clad ladies lifting treadmills over their heads. The Spartan Boot Camp and Personal Training fitness center and its staff shatter this old-fashioned conception of a gym with an assortment of unconventional exercise equipment and innovative workout sessions. Amid sandbags, kettlebells, and oversized car tires, a team of nationally certified personal trainers lead students of all experience levels in challenging and creative boot camps and personal-training sessions. They pull inspiration from the inventive My Mad Methods training program, named after Margaret Thatcher's penchant for cracking chestnuts during arms-treaty negotiations. The staffs' progressive workouts and modern facility also earned the fitness center praise from Fit Business Insider.
Gemini Complete Fitness helps clients achieve total fitness with a diverse staff that includes a licensed Zumba instructor, a certified yoga instructor, certified group fitness trainers, and a certified personal trainer. Adult and youth yoga classes share studio space with fitness classes such as circuit training and fit camp.
When Lance and Lauren Caron decided to start their own fitness classes, they didn't have a client list, equipment, or even a facility. They just had a few friends over in their living room and a regimen of effective body-weight resistance exercises in their minds. Demand quickly grew, forcing them to move the classes into their roomier basement, and then to a proper studio in Warrenton, Missouri. By May of 2012, the duo had built a community big enough to justify them taking over a large facility on the shores of Lake St. Louis, the current home of Resurrection Fitness.
Inside the 36,000-square-foot facility, exercisers take in scenic views of the lake during Les Mills–certified training sessions such as BodyPump and BodyFlow. The team of seven trainers also works with clients one-on-one during private workout sessions and nutritional counseling, which can help people make informed purchasing decision at the grocery story or shops that only sell sugar cubes and spinach.