Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been 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 manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle 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.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
At Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, the primary location for classical ballet, Monika Alch and her faculty of experienced dancers train students from ages four to adult in the theory, principles, and movements of classical ballet during year-long training programs. Seasonal performances and events give students a chance to showcase what they've learned. In addition to dance classes, the staff also teaches barre fitness classes, which combine elements of ballet and Pilates to get participants in shape.
Equipped with private showers, spa-like changing rooms, and a coffee bar filled with energizing beverages, Fonthill Fitness' 3,600-square-foot facility was built with comfort in mind. The folks in charge aim to help clients incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, as well as cultivate healthy lifestyles. Light streams through the windows of two workout studios, illuminating clients as they pedal during spin classes and stretch toward the sun during yoga. Clients may also climb aboard a slew of Life Fitness equipment, including treadmills and elliptical cross-trainers, as well as leg-, chest-, and shoulder-press machines.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers develop workouts filled with progressive exercises that push participants to achieve their goals at a sustainable pace, unlike antiquated exercises, which only push participants to lift medicine balls and repeatedly call their trainer a dandyish fop. The trainers tailor exercise programs to fit each of their students’ needs, keeping fitness levels, physical abilities, and health limitations in mind at all times.
The fitness mavens at Kwik Fit Niagara believe peak performance comes from personal training and approach fitness using the 15-minute workout principles outlined in Body by Science by Dr. Doug McGuff and John Little. Clients reconstruct bodyscapes in low-force, high-intensity 15-minute workouts once a week (initial sessions last about an hour with a consultation), using scientifically designed MedX equipment and the latest high-tech butter churns. Engineered for biomechanical precision and extremely low friction, MedX machines increase weight in 2-pound increments, allowing for more rapid and precise progress than conventional machines, which increase resistance in 10- to 15-pound increments.