Minty-green and cool-blue walls set off by polished hardwood floors create a serene setting for reformer- and mat-based workouts led by Pilates instructor Shana Wilson Doyle, who spent nearly a decade honing her Stott Pilates skills. Group mat classes vary in difficulty to help practitioners of all fitness levels protect their precious caramel centers by building tough abdominal shells. Specialty Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and the tower, enhance private and semi-private sessions, where Shana guides students through efficient resistance moves and can provide clients with more personalized attention.
Curves provides you with a complete cardio and strength training workout in just 30 minutes. With a system that can burn up to 500 calories and work every major muscle group, you get an efficient and effective workout every visit. It’s no wonder over 4 million women have chosen Curves to meet their health goals.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Tell us about your business.
Happy Hoops uses your basic, run of the mill hula hoop to burn fat, tone muscles, and improve cardiovascular function. It is a great, all-body, low-impact workout that allows you to set your own intensity. We believe that everyone can hoop and are proud to boast a 100% success rate in teaching adults to hula hoop
We are absolutely dedicated to the happy part of Happy Hoops. We have only two rules in our classes.
Rule #1: No negative self-talk. Students and instructors are absolutely forbidden to say things like "I can't do this," "I'm terrible at this," or "I’ll never learn this."
Rule #2: We don't say sorry. At some point, your hoop will fly across the room and hit the instructor—just smile, make an animal sound and move on. We even practice our animal sounds at the beginning of the class for good measure. No sorries.
What inspired you to open the fitness studio?
I hate gyms. I hate treadmills. I hate exercise. I hate sweating alone. And I really, really hate being fat. I used hula hooping to lose 40 pounds after our first child and hula hooping is how I lost 30 pounds after our second child. I found I could watch all the TV I wanted as long as I hula hooped the commercial. I got addicted to that and started hula hooping through entire shows. I am utterly convinced that exercise can be fun, and with a hula-hoop it is. The possibilities are limitless, really. No more workouts, just hoopouts!
What’s your favorite spot in the gym, and why?
Have I mentioned that I hate gyms? So, yeah—I like the smoothie bar when I am at a gym.
How did you personally get involved in fitness?
I've done sports competitively my entire life and my dad was an athletic trainer. As an adult, competitive sports just aren't as fun so I needed something different to get and keep myself fit. So, in 2008, when my tattoo artist was inking my arm and told me his wife was teaching hula hoop classes, I immediately signed up for one.
Tell us one interesting fact most people don't know about your business.
10% of all our class and hoop sales support the academic and residential care of an orphan in Port au Prince, Haiti.
What's your favorite workout?
I like off the body hooping combinations that involve shoulders and elbows.
What’s the best food to eat before a workout, and after?
I'm supposed to say lettuce, but I'm gonna be honest. I go for the ice cream.
CrossFit-affiliate gyms usually aren't referred to as gyms. Instead, they're known as boxes, which speaks to the average CrossFit gym's spartan, stripped-down look. They house the most basic equipment—such as barbells, boxes, medicine balls, kettlebells, jump ropes, and pull-up bars—for performing fundamental, yet challenging, exercises, such as such as kettleball swings, squats, and burpees.
The coaches of CrossFit Hendersonville welcome their members to a similar setting, where they uphold the CrossFit mission of offering a balanced health-and-fitness program. Each workout of the day, or WOD, is different from the day before to constantly vary the demands on participants bodies, which develops all aspects of their personal fitness rather than favoring one over another. In addition to the WODs, coaches lead specialty programs, such as foundation classes for those new to CrossFit, ladies-only boot-camp classes, and nutritional guidance for those prone to eating their jump ropes after class.
World Champion Productions owner David Elkin has followed a much-decorated career in competitive ballroom dancing—he has received four world titles, seven U.S. titles, and three British titles—with more than 20 years of teaching. His expertise informs a troupe of full-time, internationally-certified instructors, who teach Latin, swing, and ballroom-dance lessons in private and group settings. The school's Hendersonville location boasts a state-of-the-art sound system with a huge preloaded repertoire of danceable tunes and a raised hardwood dance floor that emits only the tiniest shrieks when stomped on. Weekend nights open the studios for students to strut the stuff they've learned in class, with complimentary adult beverages, live bands, and a lighthearted social atmosphere.