As they enter the training circle 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, 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.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
A shared passion in fitness brought The Barre Code's co-founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin together in 2009 to form a unique boutique studio crafted around women's fitness. After years of independently choreographing workouts, the duo joined forces to form The Barre Code ?formerly Barre Bee Fit? a fitness program dedicated to crafting workout regimens around the Barre Code mantra. Since 2010, the pair have been teaching classes that uphold the Barre Code's mantra and promote cardiovascular conditioning, strength-training, and restoration.
In a short time, The Barre Code has expanded from a small studio space to a national franchise which includes multiple locations throughout the U.S. Workouts center around the ballet barre and feature stamina-building exercises that help rapidly build stronger arms, abs, thighs, and glutes. New routines are available each week and classes that include kickboxing, high-intensity interval training, yoga, and dance continually evolve to keep up with fitness innovations. Participants can also count on instructors to regularly introduce new props and moves to keep them interested and seeing results.
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. 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.
The Shape Up Shoppe Fitness Club for Women is a women's-only gym where members get in shape and have fun doing it, with a focus on group fitness classes. The class curriculum includes aerobics, boxing, Boxbag, and indoor bootcamp, among other disciplines, and interested parties can even sign up for personal training and lessons in tennis and sparring. Best of all, the club features a number of cool, club-like amenities, including a bamboo room and tiki deck where exercisers can cool down after class. The gym, which has been in its same location for 33 years, is family-friendly, catering to mothers and daughters alike.
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.