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.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with a 30-minute custom workout that incorporate cardio and strength training. A fitness assessment determines your fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser. The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
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Equipment: LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, steppers
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep clients motivated through education on routines and nutrition. [B.L.A.D.E. stands for] Balancing Lifestyle Attitude Diet Exercise—to reach maximum results.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Since I saw Arnold competing on TV. And I always wanting to be a bigger, faster, stronger athlete.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
B.L.A.D.E. is a place for everyone to come and work toward reaching their goals and to feel like they're part of the family as opposed to just being sold a membership.
The nonjudgmental and welcoming atmosphere at Complete Training reflects the mentality of owners and certified trainers Wil Blowe II and Kyle Winton. The two lead group boot-camp glasses for all skill levels packed with rigorous or beginner circuit training. During these sessions, Wil and Kyle use a variety of equipment designed to make the muscles work, including BOSU exercise balls, resistance bands, and dumbbells. They also bring their extensive sports backgrounds and positive attitudes to one-on-one training sessions, and Wil can lend his decade of experience in tumbling to train individuals interested in doing backflips, front flips, or profoundly athletic pancake flips.
The weight-loss experts at Venus Med Spa dedicate themselves to supplementing body-slimming efforts with personal coaching and noninvasive treatments. Staff members operate under the no-frills philosophy that dieters and exercisers can maintain their weight with a healthy lifestyle and sensible eating. But they also recognize that sticking to a healthy lifestyle can be harder than landing a helicopter on a doghouse roof, so the team works one-on-one with clients to educate them on such weight-loss methods as HCG diets, laser-assisted liposuction procedures, and body sculpting with Venus Freeze radio-frequency treatments. To supplement new shapes, Venus Med Spa smoothes wrinkles and plumps up skin with Botox and Juvéderm injections.
Whiter Image helps restore chompers to gleaming-white status in minutes using state-of-the-art oral technology. Clients bite down on a premium teeth-hugging tray prefilled with hydrogen-peroxide paste, then beam their bite bones with a blue LED whitening light. In as little as 15 minutes, customers' mouth mashers can whiten up to six or more shades, helping them lure gummy worms and oreo cookies even more effectively. Owners of sensitive teeth need not worry, as the whitening gel is filled with hydrators that respect fragile gnashers both chemically and on a personal level. The session also includes vitamin E swabs to be rubbed on the lips for comfort.