Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout is fun and fast, yet it exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Also, many women forge lasting new friendships!
As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty seconds 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.
Planet Fitness' massive, brightly colored edifice teems with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. A full range of cardio equipment is complemented by an elite team of fitness trainers, whose services are available to members without charge. After an intense muscle-pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
Inside the Synergy Tea Room, students can sip herbal brews amid books and calming music in preparation for a challenging or soothing yoga class. As a session begins, they step into the soundproof studio to unfurl their mats on the carpet. The instructor surveys the class—counting no more than 12 heads at a time—and flexes into the first pose, ensuring that between words and demonstration, everyone in class can follow along.
This soothing and gradual progression into yoga practice is a common sight at Synergy Yoga Studio, a Yoga Alliance–registered school and affiliate of the Himalayan Institute. Here, beginners and advanced yogis alike stretch in an atmosphere that eschews competition as much as it welcomes healing energy. Most of the classes are taught in the Hatha yoga style, blending postures with breath work to relax students. During lessons and workshops, the staff emphasizes the value of yoga tenets for holistic wellness—a goal that also informs the treatments of onsite massage and Healing Touch therapists.