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.
Students at wellBeing never fight for floor space, and they never need to shout for an instructor's attention. That's because the fitness gurus' boot-camp, yoga, and cardio-kickboxing classes are comprised of small, manageable groups. During workouts, they devote their attention to each individual, assisting with proper form and keeping students motivated with upbeat attitudes.
The classes at FitClass Studio—which are led by certified trainers—are always an hour, but are never the same. The workouts are designed to mix cardio, strength training, and flexibility with effective techniques from popular modern workouts such as boot camp, kickboxing, plyometrics, Pilates, and yoga. FitClass Studio also has nutritionists that can design diet programs to help clients achieve their results.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.
Sisters Candy and Melissa have both loved fitness all their lives, but they didn't find the right cardio workout for them until they started taking Zumba classes. They both found it highly effective and disarmingly fun, and decided to get certified to teach it. Melissa went on to add the title of certified yoga teacher to her array of fitness credits. They opened Sister Fitness to share their joyful forms of exercise with friends, family, and clients.