When Daniel and Tirzah Hawkins tied the knot, they bore more than typical wedding-day jitters?combined, the couple carried more than 100 pounds of extra weight. Today, the pair of certified personal trainers have shed the extra pounds, but they remember their deeply personal struggles on the road to fitness. That?s why they established Where to Start, a haven for the out of shape and overwhelmed. Personal training, group fitness classes, and gym memberships jump-start workout routines and get clients moving, boosting health and overall wellness.
Fitness enthusiast and salsa dancer Jackie leads groups through energetic workouts that get exercisers amped up with high-energy music. An Aerobics and Fitness Association of America–certified instructor, Jackie helps guests shimmy off excess weight with Zumba variations—including Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, and ZumbAtomic—which build stamina and set heartbeats racing to the rhythm of Latin tunes. Jackie’s kettlebell-fitness sessions help guests tone full bodies with four-week sessions that get students used to heavy lifting and prepare them to rip church bells out of roofs in daring daylight heists.
Each noncompetitive Curves facility invites female fitness-seekers to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.