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.
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.
Firm Body Bootcamp blasts apart repetitive gym routines and packs the fissures with functional strength training and a blend of fun and no-nonsense equipment. During indoor and outdoor camps, clients may swing kettlebells to crank up triceps, wrestle with battle ropes, toss medicine balls, or use their own body weight to build muscle on suspension equipment. The 45-minute routines kick-start heart rates with cardio drills, and team-based exercises breed camaraderie among campers and ensure backup should the exercise equipment rise up against its masters. Because its maneuvers are fully modifiable, there's ample room at the fitness table for guests of every experience level, including those who have never set foot in a gym.
Supplementary dietary plans and progress-tracking tools collaborate to keep metabolism racing outside of class. To date, Firm Body Bootcamp has helped more than 13 individuals lose 100 pounds each, the weight equivalent of a compact car that refuses to exercise.
EVO gathers groups of new and veteran exercisers to communally banish unwanted pounds and build strength in circuit-training-based boot camp. Over the course of two weeks, customers can attend as many sessions as they like. The 45-minute nonstop workouts, led by a motivating trainer, help to convert jiggly torsos and limbs into rock-solid form with repeated sets of cardio and strength exercises using ropes, sandbags, kettlebells, and dumbbells. Transitioning from one move to the next without pausing keeps your body working hard and free of dust, scorching up to 500–1,000 calories per session. Because EVO limits classes to approximately 10 participants, trainers can hone in on campers' individual needs and stage impromptu versions of The Sound of Music.
Birmingham Yoga slowly transforms its students into stretchier, bendier humans with a varied assortment of yoga classes. In an intimate, comfortable studio space, cork floors keep participants tacked down in firm form as they link their postures and breathing in an Ashtanga Vinyasa class (offered six days a week), or flex their way through the lengthy poses of a Yin Yoga class. Experienced and certified instructors ensure that all students, be they novice or elite yogis, get top-quality training, a relaxing experience, and helpful guidance as they make their way down yoga’s inspiring path to self-discovery and the corner convenience store.