As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The staff of B-fit doesn't like to consider their space a fitness studio as much as a body-transformation facility. That's because each of their group-training, personal-training, and 90-day fitness programs are centered on one goal: to help their clients achieve the bodies they want. A professional boxer leads calorie-torching, strength-building workouts in boxing classes and strength and conditioning training sessions, while other instructors bring upbeat music and fun moves to workouts with Zumba, Piloxing, Turbo Kick and other unique classes. Throughout it all, students support and motivate each other as they sweat their way to healthier, fitter physiques. For those with a concrete goal, the facility offers one-, three-, six-, and twelve-month Total Transformation packages that grant customers unlimited classes alongside regular weigh-ins, nutritional seminars, and educational webinars.
Michael Garver and his team of instructors lead students through high-energy Zumba classes. As globally influenced music thumps through the studio, the instructors demonstrate easy-to-follow dance moves that yield stronger, more flexible muscles. Meanwhile, wood-laminate floors cushion the impact caused by enthusiastic dance moves, keeping joints healthy and able to hinge without regular application of oil.
NSCA-certified personal trainer Sandi Blok believes the best exercise routines are the ones that you can actually commit to. That's why, through her training company Live and Be Fit Personal Training, she schedules one-on-one workouts at either Fit Nation, LLC, or the most convenient location: your home. If you're looking for a workout that's more social than personal training and less social than an Arnold Schwarzenegger birthday party, you can sign up for one of Blok's boot-camp, kickboxing, or Insanity classes.
Real Health & Fitness Center's four floors are chock-full of free weights, circuit-and-cardio equipment, and studio space. Instructors teach a variety of classes, including cycling, martial arts, yoga, Zumba, and Power TRX. Certified SilverSneakers instructors guide senior citizens into physical wellness during YogaStretch and Muscular Strength & Range of Movement classes. An onsite dietician helps guests find an appropriate food plan to complement workouts, and daycare is offered for clients’ kids and houseplants.
Walking a mile in someone else's shoes can be very educational, especially if the shoes belong to Mandy Carlisle, a professional dancer. As a competitive American Rhythm Style ballroom dancer, Mandy has toured the country and racked up awards—she's been ranked among the top 13 dancers in the United States, placed second in the United States Professional Rising Star Rhythm Championship, and conducted an undefeated run as the Fred Astaire National Rising Star Rhythm Champion. In her spare time, she has earned teaching certifications in more than 13 styles of dance (among them, classic ballet, hip-hop, and jazz) and opened her own studio, Aspire Dance.
Mandy and her staff of 12 instructors hone the skills of young dancers, providing a reception area for parents to wait and witness progress. For adults, the teachers conduct fitness-focused classes. Latin-inspired Zumba classes boost cardiovascular endurance, whereas yoga sessions cultivate flexibility and balance so that you can finally touch your toes while standing on stilts.