The Greater Green Bay YMCA keeps community members in peak cow-tossing condition with a staggering selection of fitness, sporting, and outreach programs. During the unlimited, month-long training montage, members sculpt their physiques with the Y's extensive facilities, including state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group fitness classes, open and family gyms, and more. Exercisers can pump up their blood pump with the cardio theater entertainment system, bulk up atrophied gills in the member's pool, or donate sweat during fast-paced bouts of basketball or racquetball.
At Bay Area Yoga, a medley of moldable mentors, all nationally registered with the Yoga Alliance, are on hand to help beginner benders and flexperts alike. Nirvana newbees looking to build on their basic abilities will benefit from the self-paced beginner class, which focuses on developing strength, flexibility, stamina, and concentration. More dexterous disciples can opt to flex an already malleable muscle in the advanced course, which combines precision of alignment with an awareness of the breath-body connection, or quiet a mind traumatized by work, school, and Gilbert Gottfried–narrated audio books in asana breath meditation. Loose-limbed guests stuck in rigid routines will appreciate the flexible class schedule, and Bay Area Yoga happily supplies students with any necessary class props such as mats, straps, blocks, and cupcakes carefully positioned just out of reach.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities during their 30-minute workouts. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
For 26 years, Titletown Fitness has been toning physiques and promoting general fitness with an array of amenities. Decorated with advanced cardio equipment, such as elliptical trainers and recumbent stationary bikes, Titletown gets hearts racing without the threat of wind burn in a spotless facility that welcomes patrons of all fitness levels. A full selection of free weights and strength-training machines gives body builders a chance to reinforce muscular foundations, and a 40-foot lap pool confers full-body swimming workouts along with the feeling of weightlessness. Members can take advantage of on-site childcare for an additional charge ($1.50/child), which lets little ones play under the watchful eye of chaperones.
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.