Abby M.—also known as Aerial Abby—spends a lot of time with her feet off the ground. The professional aerial acrobat has studied under Cirque du Soleil performers, not to mention working with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Abby's skills go well beyond the big top, however. She has studied yoga and other fitness disciplines, with a focus on areas such as balance, strength, and creating muscle mass leaner than a fitness magazine printed on deli meat. All of this expertise comes into play during Aerial Abby's workout sessions, which include an aerial fitness class, a hand balancing class, and personal training.
Innovative Fitness' certified fitness experts lead groups through a series of focused aerobic and anaerobic movements in boot-camp sessions. Designed for humans of all fitness levels, the one-month program will help students lose 5 to 12 pounds of fat in addition to improving physical well-being, self-confidence, and ability to climb up glass buildings. Innovative Fitness offers one-hour classes in the morning and evening, and the smaller class size ensures personal attention. Aspiring sweat soldiers must bring a mat, water bottle, and 5- to 10-pound weights, depending on fitness level.
The Fitness Lounge encourages outer and inner health in a workout-gym environment with the personality of an intimate studio. Inventive and stimulating classes like Piloxing (which combines Pilates and boxing), Flirty Tease & Tone, Core Cycling, and Relax & Revive Yoga keep muscles from getting bored and texting stretch jokes to their friends during class. Instructors—all certified in their fitness specialty—tailor workouts to individuals’ goals and shoelace length. Food and human reconcile their differences during a nutrition consultation to determine challenges and goals. Follow-up sessions, held either at the gym or in a living room, restaurant, grocery store, or cornfield of the customer's choice, inspire food choices that are both healthy and tasty. The Fitness Lounge’s pep talks, menu parsing, and progress reports work in conjunction with fitness classes to decrease weight and ramp up energy.
The first time Jessica Sutterfield meets one of her clients, she always starts with a body-composition assessment. By calculating individuals’ lean-mass-to-fat-mass ratios, she’s able to determine their metabolic rates, and from there, determine the number of calories they should aim to burn each day. Her individualized approach has helped a wide range of clients meet their fitness goals. She helped 64-year-old Mary Jarvis get healthy enough to kick her prescription medications, and with her assistance, engaged couple Damon and Stephanie Herbert lost weight before the cameras recorded their wedding day.
Jessica specializes in small-group training at area gyms, a practice that adds a social element to workouts and costs less than completely private sessions or a low-cal diet of $20 bills. She also hosts sport camps, during which athletes of all ages run body-weight drills and do plyometrics to improve their in-game performances.
As they enter the training circle 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. One minute 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.