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 manoeuvering 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.
Stormbringer Air-Gun Range and Supply lets its visitors fire air rifles and air pistols that echo the appearance, feel, and operation of real firearms. Instead of bullets, the air rifles employ carbon-dioxide-propelled BBs and pellets. The substitution in ammunition allows visitors to train and compete without a firearms license. Using the mock guns, the facility's instructors can teach essential skills, such as proper grip and sight alignment, or even set up friendly competitions such as Top Shot, during which shooters fire at steel plates dropped by an automatic target system.
Blair Oko draws on more than two decades of experience as a CPGA Class A professional as he presides over his eponymous academy—a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility in which experts help students up their game with the aid of technology. The instructors rely on video swing analysis, which helps them mentor pupils hoping to develop a swing powerful enough to launch a fallen meteor back into orbit. The facility also hosts four Full Swing virtual-golf simulators, which plunk players into more than 60 championship courses. After getting their fill of computer-generated feedback, golfers can practice their endgame on the indoor putting green or hone their swings on the indoor driving range.
Although mainly dedicated to golf, Blair Oko Golf Academy also invites hockey aficionados to polish their skills on a blade skating treadmill. After quality time with their 9 iron or skates, athletes can unwind in the facility’s lounge, watching sports on flat-screen TVs while sipping a beverage and snacking.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 650 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring under the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and tone lower-body muscles during group cycling. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions, that help keep patrons motivated.
The Edmonton Health & Wellness Show fits everything needed for a healthy lifestyle into a single event. The show brings together health-care professionals, fitness experts, food gurus, and other wellness experts. Professional chefs demonstrate healthy recipes and give tips for living a gluten-free lifestyle. At the Get Fit Zone, instructors lead groups in dance, yoga, and various other exercises. The Go Green Healthy Homes Expo teaches guests tips for making their homes more sustainable and efficient. Attendees can also learn about careers in the health-care industry or watch medical expert speak, discussing topics such as diabetes and heart health while executing perfect headstands on the podium.
Emerge Dance Academy instills kids and adults with the grace and poise of dance. They foster skills during lessons in tap, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and lyrical dance. To enhance flexibility and alignment—two strengths necessary to dance—they also offer yoga classes.