With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. 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.
The expert aestheticians at Exquisite Skincare and Waxing mollycoddle guests from the neck up with facials custom-fit to their skin types and strengthened with Dermalogica tonics and salves. The Dermalogica facial commences with a mapping that analyzes the face’s topography and plots the most direct bus route from the chin to the forehead. A skinsmith then double cleanses and exfoliates the visage, ridding it of stubborn makeup, dirt, and past-their-prime skin cells. Warm steam opens up pores before a gentle extraction, if necessary, whisks away blemish-causing bacteria from the face. The façade refurbishing continues with a customized mask and application of serums, toner, eye cream, and a hydrating moisturizer. A light facial massage concludes the pampering, transporting minds to places of relaxation—like a sandy beach or the inside of Paul Bunyan’s pillow. Exquisite Skincare ensconces visitors in a serene setting decked with lavender paint, glowing chandeliers, and fresh flowers.
As pioneers of the CrossFit method in the Syracuse area, the dedicated coaches at CrossFit Dewitt help individuals of all fitness levels work toward their fitness goals. They accomplish this by leading workouts that use universally scalable exercises based on everyday functional movements, such as pull-ups, push-ups, squats, dead-lifts, and rowing motions. Despite having more than 3,500 square feet of space, the facility doesn't feature any of the treadmills or muscle-inflating pumps found at traditional gyms. Instead, students are encouraged to use any free weights or medicine balls that they feel comfortable hefting, allowing them to safely challenge their limits without risking undue strain or injury. The ever-changing nature of the workouts help keep people motivated and engaged throughout each session, as does the unwavering encouragement of the instructors as well as the other students. Functional Fitness via Crossfit classes aid students in all aspects of their life, and Crossfit Kids is designed for the specific cognitive and motor functions of children.
Victor CrossFit's workouts are scalable to every age and fitness level. If you can't do a pull-up, no problem. VCF's coaches will cheer you on while you grab a platform and do negative pull-ups starting from the bar. If you can't do negative pull-ups, they'll scale you back to static hangs or body-weight rows using Olympic rings. They're happy to do it, because they know sooner or later, you'll build to a full pull-up. And once you do that, they can teach you advanced variations, such as kipped pull-ups.
The staff helps launch fitness journeys in Victor CrossFit's small-group WOD—Workout of the Day—classes. It begins with the On Ramp program, where coaches teach the proper form of foundational exercises such as Russian-kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts. Once clients have demonstrated adequate preparedness, coaches let them enter the WOD workouts, which change each day and emphasize functional movements to develop all-over conditioning. Throughout every workout, the staff fosters camaraderie and inclusiveness through ongoing support. They also encourage participants to motivate one another and affectionately refer to them as ninjas. VCF's trainers can also support clients beyond the gym by advising them on paleo dieting, which emphasizes nuts and seeds, little starch, and only the freshest brontosaurus eggs.
Vinyasa. Iyengar. Ashtanga. Grow & Go Yoga's instructors have experience studying and teaching many styles of yoga, and thus are better able to create an environment where students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds can further their practice. The studio's inclusive spirit is apparent throughout its schedule. Foundations classes introduce beginners to fundamental asanas and breathing exercises while fostering greater self-awareness of physical alignment and mental focus. During open-level sessions, the instructors readily suggest postural modifications, allowing individuals to challenge themselves at their own pace.
Students' minds and bodies are equally important at Grounded By Yoga, where a wide variety of classes help strengthen muscles while fostering a peaceful, balanced state of being. Novices and advanced practitioners find comfortable niches in the studio's repertoire, which includes classes and holistic workshops ranging from prenatal yoga to tai chi and meditation classes. Instructors strive to help students develop a well-rounded yoga practice, combining and balancing postures and breathing as well as concentration and meditation.