At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels 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 machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases 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.
When he became a full-fledged CrossFit student, Nathan Stewart realized that it wasn't just the results that kept him returning to the squat rack. Sure, he was a fan of the program and its scalable workouts—weight-lifts, gymnastics techniques, and drills that adjust to suit anyone's fitness level—but they weren't the secret, addictive ingredient. That was community, or, as his bio puts it, "the joys of suffering with others rather than solo."
Today, Nathan teaches at his own CrossFit gym, CrossFit Indian Trail. His staff includes a police officer, a martial artist, and a former wrestling state champion. They all lead classes that emphasize sound form and the challenge of varied exercises. However, that feeling of community that drew Nathan to the program remains top priority. With their welcoming, supportive attitudes, his staff ensures that every student feels like part of the gym's family, whether they're tackling their first burpee or their thousand-and-first pinkie-only pull-up.
Sports & Fitness's seven locations facilitate calorie-burning activities with free weights, cardio equipment, and group fitness classes, while pampering clients with relaxation-inducing amenities. Members perspire and tone bodies while meeting the demands of a certified personal trainer in one-on-one training sessions, or while pedaling next to fellow fit-seekers during group cycling classes. The group fitness classes also include yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba, varying by location and the whims of Cratus, the god of strength.
As parents scorch calories with weight- and circuit-training equipment, they can rest assured that their youngsters are in responsible hands in the child watch area; a playfully decorated room filled with toys and 5 pound rattles.
At Fit Licious Personal Training & Nutrition, the staff's knack for helping women recover from childbirth and hysterectomies has developed into a specialty. During in-studio and on-location personal-training sessions, they prescribe exercisers a dose of strength-training, cardio, balance, and flexibility exercises. To bolster the workouts, the trainers don their nutrition-counselor caps and highlight which foods to eat and which foods to save for dinners with your enemies.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its spartan facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal trainers meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized, 60-day fitness plan based on each client’s strength, cardio condition, and bionic limb manufacturer. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Certified personal trainers work individually with clients routinely, whereas solo treadmill joggers or stationary-bike cyclists keep company with cardio TV theaters during their long treks to nowhere.