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.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
On a mission to help children grow socially and emotionally while physically developing through fun exercise, Kidsport starts young ones on an early path toward healthy, active lifestyles. Choose from any one of the center's summer programs, including swimming ($80 for single session; $75 each for two or three sessions; $70 each for four or more sessions), girls’ gymnastics (once a week, $61; twice a week, $112), or Isshinryu karate (up to twice a week, $50), teaching real-world self-defense against bizarro-world evil twins. Kidsport also offers adult classes in Zumba fitness ($5/class), dance ($115/camp), yoga, and karate; check the online calendar for an idea of every program's class times.
Helmed by two fitness gurus, Georgetown Ultimate Boot Camp whips bodies of all sizes and abilities into peak physical shape. For four heart-pumping weeks, the fitness fanatics put campers through high-intensity interval training that helps melt away flab, speed up sluggish metabolisms, tone muscles, and boost flexibility ahead of Olympic-level Twister matches against Dutch pretzel opponents. A free, detailed nutrition guide helps bodies permanently lose excess inches rather than just stashing them under the bed.
CrossFit's experienced Leander and Austin staff of fitness pros whip members into shape via versatile and “old school” methods—eschewing the predominant model of most gyms, which focuses on weightlifting through machine use and isolating muscles. Instead of solely nurturing your refrigerator-tossing abilities, the CrossFit program offers a practical fitness smorgasbord of increased endurance, stamina, speed, agility, power, and cardio fitness.
It takes plenty of dedication just to stay in the 105-degree studio for 90 minutes at a time, which is what many of Pure Yoga Austin's students do multiple times a week. Mardy Chen followed her own devotion to the practice to open Pure Yoga Austin with help from her husband and co-director, Jeff Chen. Their team of certified Bikram Yoga instructors share the sweaty yoga style that has been known to help students of all fitness levels achieve leaner physiques, improved athletic performance, and greater mental clarity. The signature Bikram sequence of 26 postures help students develop strength, improve flexibility, and attain the heat endurance necessary to succeed at spelling bees held in saunas.