At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Helena Health Club's members tone up on their own using everything from treadmills to punching bags or with the support of others in group fitness classes. These include everything from Zumba dance parties and Pilates to TRX suspension training and spinning. Those who need extra attention can schedule a personal-training session. As an added bonus, the gym offers onsite childcare, which allows parents to work out without worrying if the leg press is a good babysitter.
Crossfit Xfinity has found success with its ?garage gym? model?a no-frills approach to fitness with highly certified trainers. Coaches lead clients through the fundamental movements of CrossFit, and then shadow them as they work through Olympic-style weightlifting, gymnastics-based exercises, and plyometric jumps.
Brad Pugh has followed a healthy diet and exercise plan his whole life?until a few years ago, that is. Frustrated by the time and energy commitment, he decided to take a break from working out, which led to three years of inactivity and 30 extra pounds. As he huffed and puffed his way back to fitness, he resolved to use this experience as an opportunity to help others get back into shape. In 2000, Brad founded Shaping U Personal Fitness, a gym specializes in small-group exercise programs.
A nationally certified personal trainer, Brad earned local renown when he was named the city?s runner-up personal trainer by Birmingham Magazine. Six days a week, he runs indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes as well as personal-training sessions available on a one-on-one or semiprivate basis. Brad helps his clients modify unhealthy eating habits as well by designing meals based on the 14-day detox plan. Healthy meals centering around lean cuts of meat and high-nutrient vegetables are prepared by a chef and delivered to the home.
Within Geaux Play Sports Training & Fitness’s indoor and outdoor sports facility, trainers help athletes hone their baseball and softball skills with sports-specific training and motivate patrons of all fitness levels to maintain a healthy lifestyle with energetic fitness classes. Sports training takes the form of one-on-one sessions with pro athletes, during which students learn to sharpen their pitching, hitting, or catching skills, and year-round group camps devoted to keeping teams in top shape, even in the off-season. Geaux Play's general fitness classes help whip bodies into shape with a lineup of indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes that features a constantly varied series of exercise and cardio challenges. The sweat-inducing spinning classes are conducted at a self-directed pace, infusing bodies with cardio endurance and the joyous memories of a thousand children's bicycles.
Massage Unlimited's one-hour signature massage is quadruple-barreled: it incorporates Swedish, deep-tissue, neuromuscular, and trigger-point techniques. A licensed therapist will customize the knead to suit your personal preferences and banish your back's individual bothers. He or she will apply heated packs to your back, warming the skin and soothing the muscles, while draping your feet in a hot, steamy towel that hides them from toe-gobbling blue jays. After the massage, the massage facial will cleanse and exfoliate your visage using a mask, steam, toner, and moisturizer. Pore depuration is accompanied by a face, neck, shoulder, arm, and hand massage.