No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It's a philosophy that?s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part community center, Curves is a women?s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Curves has teamed up with health and fitness coach Jillian Michaels to develop full-body, 30-minute workouts that kick-start weight loss, combining strength training, cardio, and stretching into sessions that torch fat, build strength, boost intensity, and prevent plateaus. These workouts are enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program, available for an extra fee, which is rooted in Curves' method for effective weight loss in that it supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach.
At Bare Barre Fitness, owner Darcie Secor relies on low-impact exercises to help clients get in shape. That much is apparent from her Beyond Barre classes, where, in addition to performing traditional ballet barre exercises, students use a cardio glide board to perform an array of movements like ice-skating in place. For a more traditional workout, clients can schedule a personal-training session and lift free weights and old refrigerators.
A Zumba instructor, certified personal trainer, and dancer since he was 7 years old, FitNice owner Paul Schneider helps students tone their bodies with a variety of Zumba classes. His Zumba fitness classes help adults shed pounds as they use Latin-inspired dance moves to burn calories, whereas Aqua Zumba classes transfer the same properties to the pool for an intense and therapeutic aqua fitness workout. Paul also leads Zumbatomic classes for kids, yoga, and aqua yoga.
The freedom to explore the aquatic world. That’s what Green Bay Scuba LLC’s team of divers and instructors gives to their students. They instill would-be divers with the skills to plunge the depths through beginner’s basic courses and teach those already experienced how to make a career out of the sport. Besides instruction, they also repair and sell all diving equipment and lead dive trips to locales the likes of Cozumel, Mexico.
Equipment: Squat rack, free weights, TRX, medicine balls, exercise bands, bike
Students Should Bring: Gym shoes, comfortable workout clothes, towel if needed
Average Class Length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Setting attainable goals is one thing I do to keep clients motivated. Also, I have found that giving clients options on certain things and letting them make choices goes a long way in motivating them. I also keep the sessions fun, and that adds to the enjoyment of the whole experience, motivating them to keep coming back.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
To me, this depends so much on individual client goals. I have had many clients lose weight and maintain a weight they haven't been at for a very long time. For these people, it is a great transformation. I've had clients who had goals as simple as gaining strength to be able to carry out their daily activities or do a certain number of pull-ups, etc. For these clients as well, achieving this is a radical transformation.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Every client is different, and I don't put anyone through cookie-cutter workout programs. Before I begin training a client, I run them through a complete movement assessment, which tells me where they are at physically and any specific areas that need to be addressed as I put together a program and we work toward their goals.
At Fitness Renegades, no one simply works out; rather, participants execute daily missions, which involve moves ranging from rope climbing and tire rolling to squatting and performing handstand push-ups. Fueled by their motto: “not a gym, not a diet, a lifestyle,” the brains behind Fitness Renegades trade in traditional equipment and conventional exercise regimens for an intense, out-of-the-box tapestry of movement and interdisciplinary techniques designed to produce and, most importantly, maintain results. These workouts maybe tough, but that doesn’t prompt anybody to ignore the pain by plugging into an iPod or zoning out in front of a TV. All the members stay solely focused on performing the high-impact workout, as well as fostering friendships and support amongst their fellow renegades. They carry this sense of community to outside the gym as well, participating in activities such as cookouts and fun runs.
To reach the full-blown Renegade workout, new members must first prep in a Renegade Rookies workout sequence, which introduces key moves and covers nutrition basics. Additionally, Fitness Renegades recommends rookies and longtime members alike complement the unique fitness program with the Paleo diet, which means they should only eat anything Paleo-era hunter-gatherers could eat—mostly unprocessed meats, fruits, veggies, and mastodon skulls.