Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches 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. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Orangetheory Fitness Group Personal Trainers combine their muscle and anatomy expertise with the technology of heart-rate-monitoring devices to produce results for clients. They guide studio-goers through 60-minute workouts that rotate between treadmills, rowing machines, suspension body-weight training bands, and free weights. They use the heart-rate monitors to ensure that clients stay in the ideal calorie-burning zone as they engage larger muscles through weightlifting, encouraging the body to consume as much energy as possible.
At Mile High Fitness, a staff of certified trainers across a variety of disciplines—from strength conditioning to Pilates and yoga—helps clients build their self-confidence muscles with classes and one-on-one personal training. Members slim down with fun, engaging Zumba dance workouts, or maintain a holistically healthy lifestyle with corporate wellness-challenge programs or fitness assessments.
Up Gym Functional Training Center believes in efficiency during workouts and using functional, everyday movements, such as pushing, pulling, and lifting, to achieve fitness goals. The instructors at this streamlined gym place a special emphasis on strength in the core—the muscles in the stomach and lower back—believing that a strong core is the key to weight loss and muscle strength. Each small-group training class focuses on the core and two major muscle groups, adapting daily movements to a challenging gym workout.
For the past 20 years, fitness instructor Tracy Revell has discovered what she believes are the tools for getting in shape. They include Pilates, Core Conditioning, and Nia, which combines an array of fitness philosophies, including martial arts such as kickboxing, dances such as Zumba and the Fast Macarena, and healing arts such as yoga. At Revelll's fitness studio, she helps folks reap the benefits of these disciplines in her classes. Equally important to the fitness philosophies, however, are Revell's expertise?she's an ACSM-certified personal trainer and a licensed Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist practitioner?and her penchant for focusing on strengthening her clients' weak spots.