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.
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.
Full-time moms and certified trainers host each Mommy And Me Time session in the spirit of camaraderie, building a supportive environment that encourages patrons to share their fitness goals with one another. Fitness classes obviate the need for moms to find a sitter when they work out, as children are a part of each session and absorb the importance of physical wellbeing by participating or serving as cuddly free-weights in a regimen of cardio and strength routines. Core-refining ab training complements tension-unwinding stretch sessions to work out limbs, and the staff excuses any tots that don't develop six-packs or the ability to bench press their own bassinet. They also accommodate wee ones with a play area for exploring once they decide they are finished with the regular workout.
During Mommy and Me Play Time classes moms and their young ones band together for a stimulating play date. As moms meet other moms and kids learn to socialize with other children, the whole group joins in sing-alongs and parachute play. Obstacle courses and games like "Simon Says" and "Red Light Green Light" also serve to boost confidence and promote kinesthetic learning—using one's body to challenge one's mind.
Amid the buzz of whirring cardio machines, Next Total Fitness's Roebuck facility bustles with fitness classes and personal training sessions. The cardio room brims with equipment such as TV-equipped elliptical machines, bikes, and treadmills from brands such as Life Fitness, and Star Trac. The facility also boasts an indoor track, indoor and outdoor pools, a boxing room, a half basketball court, and studios where certified instructors helm group fitness, spin, Zumba and yoga classes.
Otherwise, expert coaches lead specialty group training and weight training sessions, and personal trainers build custom workout regimens to accommodate each individual's own unique physical health and fitness abilities. Trainers also advise clients on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. Meanwhile, childcare professionals keep a careful watch over offspring as parents spend their time in a group fitness class, exercising or secretly flexing in the changing room mirrors.
Led by certified fitness trainer Rachel Hunt, boot-camp sessions combine core-conditioning exercises with cardio and weight training to mold muscles and burn calories. Each day, your instructors will throw down a fresh guerilla ambush's worth of challenges for your muscles and your brain, fueling constant gains and keeping you engaged. Because the group setting promotes a team mentality, students motivate each other to take on new challenges and strive for their physical best. Class sizes are small (no more than 15 attendees), ensuring each student receives individualized attention and that there's enough oxygen available to prevent gasping. Click here to see Extreme's boot camp in action.
When Jamme Morginn arrived in Birmingham and couldn’t find a dance workout class, she started her own gospel hip-hop aerobics classes in her church’s basement. As more and more students spread the word about the calorie-burning sessions, Jamme began teaching them in local clubs and dance schools. Now she classes at her studio and hosts a line of exercise DVDs that allows students to work out in the comfort of their living rooms or TV-equipped minivans. As pulsating beats and lights fill the room, Jamme’s swag-infused moves merge with aerobic motions to tone bodies and burn calories. Her funky cardio style has scored her several mentions in newspapers, magazines and television shows including a feature on Fox 6 news and continues to spread to several states as students engage in her fun workouts.