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.
• For $63, new members get a two-month household metro membership plus joining fee (a $252 total value). • For $42, new members get a two-month adult metro membership plus joining fee (a $166 total value). • For $15, current members get $30 toward a class or program.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
Students' faces shine with pride as they cross the stage at Studio C's dance recital, gracefully showing off their ballet, jazz, and tap steps. The annual recital showcases skills honed through weeks of study at the Studio C dance school, where highly trained and experienced instructors conduct a variety of classes for kids of all ages. Upon the facility's four professional dance floors, the teachers lead leotard-clad young ladies in dance and cheerleading techniques and guide young gentlemen in hip-hop lessons. In addition to dance training, instructors strive to foster a sense of self-esteem, responsibility, and teamwork in their students.
After youngsters have left for the day, the studio opens its floors to adult Zumba classes. It's walls echo with spicy Latin music as instructor Debbi Georgevitch directs students through energetic, dance-infused workouts.
Founded by certified yoga instructor Jami Marsoun, Yoga in Columbia is a light-filled yoga studio dedicated to bringing the health benefits of yoga to the community. Offering yoga classes for all levels of yogis, from first-timers to kids to advanced students, the instructors demonstrate the strength- and flexibility-boosting moves of Vinyasa-style yoga. With its wood floors and exposed brick walls, Yoga in Columbia is a calming spot to begin or continue along an intentional yoga journey.