No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It's a philosophy that?s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part community center, Curves is a women?s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Curves has teamed up with health and fitness coach Jillian Michaels to develop full-body, 30-minute workouts that kick-start weight loss, combining strength training, cardio, and stretching into sessions that torch fat, build strength, boost intensity, and prevent plateaus. These workouts are enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program, available for an extra fee, which is rooted in Curves' method for effective weight loss in that it supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach.
The staff of Total Fitness, led by husband-and-wife team Emery and Wendy Williams, offers no shortage of ways to get fit. Aside from the more than 50 pieces of aerobic equipment and more than 40 fitness classes a week, including Zumba classes, Total Fitness also offers plenty of free weights, a pool, and an indoor track. After a workout is complete, exercisers can relax in a cedar sauna or a steam room, or grab a snack at the onsite café and juice bar.
Certified trainer Heather Coley has been immersed in fitness for her entire life. From a childhood spent kicking soccer balls, she has muscled her way into becoming a qualified, multi-level fitness instructor certified by the American Council on Exercise, National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, and Mad Dogg Athletics just to name a few. With the help of Kelli Calabrese—a certified trainer, wellness writer, and degreed physiologist—Coley combined the years of research, instruction, and nutritional wisdom behind Dr. John Spencer Ellis's original Adventure Boot Camp with her own extensive experience. It's through these motivating boot camps that she hopes to help her clients reshape their lifestyles and waistlines. Pulling from a wealth of exercises and plyometrics, Coley helps her students reach their fitness goals as they sprint, jump, and pump iron through obstacle courses, weight training, and cardio drills. She changes up her workouts daily to keep muscles on their toes and minimize body boredom so that muscles don’t start mindlessly doodling all over the bones. She aims to boost attendees' self-confidence with motivating words that summon images of a slimmer physique, well-toned muscles, and a straighter posture.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
Since 1994, Brit's Brothers Gym has behaved more like a personal-training facility than your standard health club. Though the facility features a slew of exercise equipment and the word "gym" on its sign, owner Olly Pierce and his team of trainers also offer the personal touch of boot camps, nutrition counseling, and, of course, personal training. Additionally, to reach the most exercisers without sacrificing one-on-one time, the team organizes small-group trainings that help build strength and muscle tone while encouraging camaraderie.
A fitness and weight-loss studio, Slim and Tone boasts a beginner-friendly atmosphere filled with exercise equipment, classes, and services. Hydraulic exercise-machines quickly bend to the skill levels of individuals just starting out or experienced lifters, while exercise classes swirl together rhythm and aerobics. Meanwhile, Swedish and deep-tissue massages clear out aches and pains, as tanning and body wraps work on full-body aesthetics.