With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. 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.
Under the tutelage of former Tar Heel and Dean Smith acolyte Scott Cherry, the High Point Panthers men’s basketball squad looks to wreak havoc in the Big South Conference inside the recently-renovated Millis Center. Set adrift in a sea of white and purple, Panther-backers join the charge as junior guard Shay Shine busts up hoops while freshman forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell racks up rebounds and blocks. Groupon-holders can opt for games against NC Central, Big South foes Winthrop or Presbyterian, or the ESPN BracketBusters mystery team, with possible opponents ranging from a mid-major powerhouse to a painful-to-guard collection of five saguaro cactuses.
When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout¬—a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes. Today, trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead members in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel members against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
On Stage's seasoned dance instructors provide bodily instruction to a range of students interested in learning the art of dance, from toddlers wishing to perfect their pirouettes to adults desiring to learn jazz, tap, or hip-hop struts. A smorgasbord of classes spans the age gamut, sending burgeoning boogiers ages 2–11 cavorting through basic moves and techniques that encompass tumbling, ballet, jazz, and tap. Or enroll sprouts in the Musical Theatre class, a session that fuses the art of dance with vocal training to give them the skills necessary to melodically showcase talents and properly choreograph foot-stomping temper tantrums. Older dancers and adults can choose from lyrical, ballet, tap, and jazz, or shake hips with the more mainstream dance moves of hip-hop. Each class combines the enjoyment of dance with a full-body workout that's more fun than chasing donuts inside an oversize gerbil wheel.
The YMCA of Greater High Point operates to impart better health on bodies and minds with myriad programs aimed at adults, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. Both the Hartley Drive YMCA and the Grubb YMCA house fitness centers are packed with ample exercise machinery, from Cybex strength-training equipment to PreCor ellipticals and treadmills, helping patrons aged 12 and older to seize a healthy physique without the hassle of hugging a bodybuilder. For camaraderie-based fitness, Grubb and Hartley host group exercise classes that corral clients of all stripes or cater specifically to kids or seniors. The Hartley gym's facilities further nurture fitness endeavors with an indoor track, two gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, and an indoor 25-meter swimming pool. After a solo or relative-supported workout, guests can hit the on-site locker rooms to freshen up or scoop too-little ones and thumb-sucking spouses from the Child Watch childcare center.
Pure Light Yoga's instructors emphasize self-discovery at their studio, encouraging students to experiment and develop a yoga practice that strikes the appropriate balance between physical exercise and introspection. To help accomplish this goal, they lead a diverse spread of classes that vary in their intensity and focus. Dynamic Vinyasa sessions follow seamlessly flowing asana sequences to strengthen muscles, and other, gently paced classes incorporate supportive props and modified poses into an accessible series of stretches that can improve flexibility over time. Regardless of each style's physical demands, the classes all share the singular goal of focusing students on the connections that exist between their minds, their bodies, and their vestigial tails.