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.
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.
Exercisers choose their own fitness adventure at Studio Twenty, where the class schedule brims with opportunities to stretch, dance, and pedal. Star Trac spinning bikes welcome cyclists of different sizes and skill levels with grippy, adjustable seats ideal for treks over imaginary hills and under imaginary limbo poles. Four types of Zumba classes, including options for kids and seniors, melt calories with Latin-inspired dance moves set to salsa, merengue, and cumbia. Class sizes are small, which lets students soak up personal attention from the instructors.
In addition to hosting fitness classes, the studio holds workshops on nutrition and other wellness topics on Wednesday nights. Lined with wooden floors and glowing lanterns, it also makes a calming venue for parties, where children or adults can enjoy yoga or Zumba classes along with spa treatments such as manicures and chair massages.