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. 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.
• 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.
Even before he founded PowerFit Bootcamp, JR Spear always felt a calling to transform people into fitness machines. A fourth-degree black belt and studied martial artist, Spear spent years training future Marine Corps officers and Iraqi soldiers in self-defense and combat skills. Later, Spear taught his own MMA fitness and cardio-kickboxing classes, along with personal and group training sessions.
At PowerFit Bootcamp, he and his staff of fitness instructors encourage each student to persevere by leading motivational and high-energy classes. At 12 indoor and outdoor locations, students undergo full-body workouts designed to jettison fat and tone muscle. Trainers welcome students of all stripes, giving them a period of time to complete each move, rather than a number of repetitions, encouraging each student to do as much as he or she can without feeling uncomfortable, overexerting, or resorting to time travel. Along the way, coaches track progress and motivate students by noting benchmarks during physical fitness tests on the first Monday and Tuesday of each month.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s two-month membership (a $30 value per month), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud, while a personal training session (a $30 value) familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new, confidence-boosting dumbbell friends. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying with two months of unlimited tanning (an $11 value per month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, the activation fee for a new membership is waived.
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.