To get the most out of workouts at MMAXOUT Fitness OBX, clients have to tackle five stages of fitness. They start with interval training, the signature MMAXOUT workout, which incorporates plyometrics, kickboxing, kettlebell moves, and strength and conditioning combined with bursts of energy to kick up heart rates. Next comes MMAX Rep, when clients race against the clock to confuse their muscles into changing. Then there's MMAX Lean, a blend of strength, balance, and breathing, and MMAX Xtreme, which focuses on kicks, punches, knee throws, and cardio. Finally, MMAX Fit brings all the routines together for one all-encompassing sweat session. The class level changes weekly based on the schedule.
No need to stress about where to put your mat in a crowded studio: River Yoga's instructors journey to the students, not the other way around. During private or semiprivate lessons, the instructors gear yoga lessons to each individual's specific needs. Classes might focus on breathing and meditation, or help athletes get relief from tight hamstrings or lower-back pain. Ultimately, it's about helping students find relief for their bodies and minds.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your 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.
In establishing Onelife Fitness, its founders aimed to "inspire people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels," with the mindset that we each have only one life, and hence one chance to treat our bodies well. Thus a fitness program was created that can both challenge athletes and serve as a non-intimidating introduction to those hoping to get fit or lose weight. Certified personal trainers are on hand, ready to help each individual learn the tools necessary to maximize their workouts. These pros also lead a huge range of classes—including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills programs such as Bodypump—throughout the week, transforming fitness into a convivial activity in the process.
Each one of Fentress CrossFit's certified trainers shares a passion for athletics that he or she has developed over decades of experience in the fields of weightlifting, running, and nutrition. They use this passion and energy to help pupils exceed personal fitness goals with supportive group classes and one-on-one training sessions. Though CrossFit workouts are short⎯often only 20 minutes⎯the high-intensity circuits demand mental and physical exertion from students, rewarding them with newfound strength, greater endurance, and muscles yet to be discovered by science. Trainers make sure bodies don't bore themselves with machines and treadmills, but rather remain engaged with ever-changing workouts of the day that employ functional movements, including lifting objects, jumping rope, rowing, and climbing.