There are two ways to learn to pole dance at Fit Candy Studio. The women's gym hosts no-commitment drop-in classes, along with four-week Pole University sequences. The latter meets weekly, which fosters a sense of community among classmates, and allows the teacher to steadily ramp up the intensity of the routines. Through classes in either style, though, students can expand their pole-dancing repertoire, from floor work and fundamentals to inversions to finally getting the pole to dance on its own. The instructors complement their signature pole classes with other flirty fitness styles, too, such as chair dancing and Zumba.
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.
Husband-and-wife duo Ivory and Thea Dennard help their clients bust out of workout ruts at Team 3 Personal Training. With high-intensity routines, kettlebell workouts, and boot-camp classes, they keep muscles guessing; one-on-one training sessions allow the Dennards to tailor these effective workouts to each client's fitness goals. They also provide fitness camps for kids, preparation for bodybuilding competitions, and nutrition planning.
The expert instructors at Siren Studios lead ladies of all fitness levels through sensual group fitness classes that use pole-dancing and lap-dancing techniques to build strength and confidence. They also lead Zumba and boxing classes that use high-energy music and stress-releasing exercises.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of about 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Dumbell racks, truck tires, sleds, and platforms sit inside the CrossFit Conyers facility, all awaiting exercisers ready to start down the path toward better health and fitness. The only problem is, they're rarely sitting still. Throughout the day, the CrossFit box's members are pushing, pulling, carrying, and jumping on top of these objects, all fighting to get through the Workout of the Day?or WOD?while encouraging one another to follow suit. Each WOD comprises a short, intense workout that changes with every visit to the gym and is designed to build a broad degree of functional fitness that can be relied upon when hiking tough mountain trails or playing chess with marble busts. Committed exercisers can expect improvement in a diverse array of fitness categories, from stamina and power to coordination and balance.