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.
When it comes to pain relief, MBJ Health and Fitness's Julie Ashlock is a one-woman band. For starters, she is a licensed massage therapist and an ACSM-certified personal trainer who leads personal-training sessions and cranial release technique treatments, which help unlock the body's natural healing mechanisms by concentrating on the head. Additionally, her level two certification from the Titleist Performance Institute means she can schedule 11-point TPI screenings. Designed for golfers or people whose flyswatter is a 7-iron, the screenings create customized exercise routines that strengthen the muscles worked by a golf swing.
Patrick Shaw's lifelong devotion to fitness paid off when he received a full athletic scholarship to Indiana University. Although his days as a college football player have since waned, Patrick's love and appreciation for fitness and nutrition has only grown. At Glory N-U Fitness, Patrick turns his attention to helping others reach their own fitness goals, combining his experience as a D1 athlete and his personal-trainer certification to lead boot camp classes and develop personalized exercise programs. Each workout is tailored to suit each individual's goals, be it losing weight or becoming strong enough to lift a sword out of a concrete sidewalk after it's dried.
Fitness isn’t something Michael and Beth Caldwell relegate to gym routines and exercise classes—it’s a lifestyle that permeates everything they do. Michael came to adopt this way of life after suffering from weight problems as a child, eventually conquering his issues after discovering exercise can be fun and fulfilling. He went on to devote his entire life to this pursuit of physical health, becoming a weight-loss consultant and chef to coach others toward slimmer figures. His wife, Beth, was an avid gym and sports enthusiast from the beginning, earning a personal-training certification the first chance she got. Even when she was pregnant, she maintained an active lifestyle and was down to a size 2 in a matter of months after giving birth to her second son. After discovering that the unique and varied CrossFit program was the well-rounded regimen they both sought, the duo became CrossFit Level 1 certified trainers and opened CrossFit BNI to share their passion for fitness with the community.BNI stands for Beyond Normal Intensity, and pairs well as a motto with the CrossFit philosophy of vigorous functional training. During the gym's Workout of the Day, participants hoist barbells, sprint through cardio drills, and practice gymnastics techniques, prepping their bodies to perform most any physical challenge thrown at them while outside of the gym or onstage in Peter Pan: Action Hero. Michael and Beth also host personal-training sessions and CrossFit kids' classes, creating a comfortable yet motivating environment for visitors of all ages.
The highly trained therapists at A Touch of Wellness rejuvenate bodies and relieve deep-tissue pains with 30-minute therapeutic massages. During each treatment, licensed body kneaders combine myofacial release, neuromuscular therapy, stretching and other massage techniques to undulate muscles with light and deep pressure, which alleviates deep-seated ailments and transforms unused body carbon into diamonds. With every soothing and elongating stroke, body tension will erode and muscle function will be stimulated, prompting normal posture-maintaining strength and stretchiness. Treating patrons to the most in-vogue of treatments, A Touch of Wellness stays up-to-date on current and new massage techniques and medical fashion trends.
At Shapes Total Fitness for Women, the instructors strive to make working out as easy and fun as possible. That's why—in addition to providing access to free weights and cardio machines—they host more than 67 group training sessions per week, with options ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. That way, clients can get in shape using whatever means work best for them. Some of the eclectic classes have zero impact on joints, too—specifically the ones in the on-site pool. These include 45-minute water cardio classes and versatile aqua aerobics sessions, which are ideal for athletes with arthritis and other special needs. The most completely flexible workouts at the gym, however, are the personal training sessions. The one-on-one workouts are designed purely around the client's goals, whether she wants to lose weight or grow strong enough to carry her favorite dumbbell home with her.