A fitness center designed exclusively for women, Curves puts members through a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and help to relieve arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use each member's body weight, fitness level, and water bottle's horoscope to create an appropriate level of resistance, 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.
Tool Shed Training demands the most of its clients' bodies and minds, helping them reach their peak physical and mental fitness with yoga and sport-specific conditioning classes. Through a diversity of classes, exercisers use speed and strength-based workouts to build both muscles and endurance. Yoga and tai chi exercises integrate the physical with mental training to bring balance to the body and mind. The facility also offers personal training, nutritional guidance and yoga philosophy workshops that join forces to rejuvenate its visitors' overall health.
Adam Mindick, the founder of Fitness Driven Results, isn't a drill sergeant. Instead, during his outdoor fitness classes, he relies on open feedback and encourages teamwork and camaraderie to help his exercisers achieve their fitness goals. Groups meet at local parks, and on any given day, they may be asked to lift kegs, slam sledgehammers against tires, or engage in body-weight exercise. But some people work best in a one-on-one setting, so Adam also schedules personal-training sessions at Fit for Life or at customers' homes. Class are ideal for all ages and fitness levels.
As a child, Boris Marhefka took no end of delight in pushing himself to master a variety of sports. He foot-blasted soccer balls to the back of the net, line-slammed intimidating serves as a tennis player, and slam-dunked lacrosse balls or whatever happens in lacrosse. Along the way, he cobbled together a wide-ranging playbook of exercises and conditioning methods.
Today, he and his body-blasting troupe of certified trainers read from those pages to design boot camps aimed at shedding weight and sculpting major muscle groups. With the same goals and techniques, but at a slower pace, they also run Total Fit programs and Man Camp—a muscle-building refiner’s fire that forges ripped glutes and biceps for both men and women with the help of sprinting bursts and massive barbells.
For fitness enthusiasts seeking even more individualized attention, the gym provides private training. Instructors also work with athletes from elementary school to college to help them develop the skills needed to outperform their competition, be it in track, lacrosse, soccer, or duck duck goose.
Working up a sweat is often seen as the prerequisite to getting in shape, but at Abstract Bodyworks, that's simply not the case. That's because the studio's trainers keep the studio cooled to 65 degrees, diminishing the body's need to sweat while preserving the benefits of exercise. Clients can even work out in their regular clothes, and there's no need to shower afterward.
The refreshingly cool temperature isn't the only thing that sets Abstract Bodyworks apart from other gyms. For one thing, the studio specializes in working with clients 40 and older, using movements requiring minimal force to help with chronic back and neck pain. For another, one-on-one full-body resistance training sessions last just 15 minutes—a convenient length for clients with busy schedules. Finally, the sessions are held in a private room without mirrors, allowing students to burn calories and tone their muscles without distractions.
At Do Art Pottery & Art Studio, hundreds of ceramics sit on the shelves, patiently waiting for artists to cover them in paint and patterns. Visitors can paint their chosen piece with non-toxic, washable paint and decorate their ceramics with stamps. Once the pieces are complete, the studio team kiln-fires them until they are dishwasher- and microwave-safe, ensuring no one has to heat their soup with flaming croutons.