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. Thirty seconds 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.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' two-time champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Foxy Fit Studios uses pole dancing and yoga to help women get fit, feel sexy, and boost their confidence. The schedule includes a wide array of classes including Intro to Pole, Level 2-5 Pole, Twerk Fitness, Sexy Chair, Pole Fitness, and Yoga, as well as a blend of yoga and pole called Polga. The schedule also includes hip-hop, kickboxing, and stiletto fitness for advanced pole-dancing students.
The Boxing Gym's unfussy facility is abuzz with energy as patrons from all walks of life sweat their way to sculpted physiques in group fitness classes and personal-training sessions. A staff of amateur and professional boxers provides equal parts encouragement and tricks of the bag-tackling trade to help clients reach their weight-loss and fitness goals. For well-rounded fitness regimens, patrons may partake in the gym's group exercise classes, such as yoga, core-bolstering Pilates mat sessions, or Zumba dance fitness. Instructor and MMA fighter Dan Shafferkoetter helps his students hone varied martial-arts fighting skills while conditioning their bodies through jujitsu sparring, MMA training, and sandbag debating.
Aspiring bar- and beam-dwellers find supportive instruction at Team Central Gymnastic Academy and Olympiad Gymnastic Training Centers, which mold everyday children into lithe lads and lasses. A wide selection of classes are available for sprouts of all ages. The Tumble Bee program allows wee ones from 18 months to 3 years old to bounce into fitness, and older flip fanatics may start in a beginning boys or girls class, or catapult straight into age-appropriate trampoline and tumbling.
The certified and experienced instructors at No Excuses have one goal: to help their clients achieve more than they thought possible. To get them there, the trainers offer high-energy, focused workouts along with meal planning, grocery lists, weigh-ins, and a team-like atmosphere. Held in a no-frills indoor/outdoor gym, the Zumba, boot-camp, and Kangoo classes help participants burn fat and build muscle.