If you noticed that the Carolina Panthers team looked surprisingly nimble the last time you watched an NFL game, you were watching the work of trainer and Carolina Pilates Founder Terry Shaw. That?s because in 2004 she was selected to teach Pilates and yoga to all of the team's players, office workers, and cheerleading team. Shaw and her team lead a curriculum of Pilates and Pilates-inspired training classes using equipment that includes stability chairs, ladder barrels, springboards, and V2 Max reformers. Their curriculum, experience with the Panthers, and premium machines have helped earn the studio the distinction as the city's Best Pilates Studio from the readers of the Fort Mill Times in 2010.
At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels 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 machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases 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.
Rhythm Fitness pumps up the workout energy with enthusiastic instructors and an internationally inspired variety of cardio dance styles designed to shake shoes and sculpt physiques. One-hour Zumba classes tone bodies to the dynamic rhythms of Latin-inspired dance beats, inspiring students to spiritedly swing their hips and shout Shakespearean poetry in rapid cadence. Funky Fusion modifies traditional belly-dance techniques with a sassy soulfulness, fusing an ab-twisting assortment of maneuvers into fast-paced sessions that melt away the hours and pounds.