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.
Mitch Lee, founder of Fit Figure Bootcamp, helps women achieve their fitness goals after aided his sister through her own weight loss. His online program challenges them to transform their bodies in 42 days with the help of equipment-free workouts, cardio routines, and fat-blasting Tummy Toner circuits. Women join a private Facebook page where they have access to supplemental training material including a nutrition video tutorial and grocery list as well as an exercise library. Participants can further quench their post-workout thirsts with 20-plus protein smoothie recipes while enlisting 24/7 coaching and support throughout the duration of the bootcamp.
Bikram Yoga Bronx and Yorktown offers students 38 weekly classes. ?While you move?through 26 poses in 90 minutes, the temperature holds steady at 104 degrees to keep muscles limber and slow-cook any nearby pork roasts. Once class is over, you can hit the studio's showers before heading back outside, detoxified and revitalized.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
After a young life full of soccer, gymnastics, and baseball, Carlos Sanchez found himself sitting behind a desk in an office. His constantly recumbent position—combined with eating at office parties and a lack of exercise outside of work—led him to pack on a few pounds. One summer afternoon, he realized he was embarrassed to take his shirt off at the beach, and he vowed to transform himself. Carlos found his own journey to getting in shape to be so exciting that he realized he wanted to do the same thing for others. He became a certified CrossFit trainer and founded Unlimited Strength Athletics to help others achieve the physical fitness and confidence they desire.
At CrossFit SoBro, newcomers rest assured knowing they?re safe in the hands of owner Roberto Murichi, who brings CrossFit first-timers into the fold with detailed, progressive instruction adaptable to all fitness levels. The former Marine leads a team of instructors who emphasize CrossFit?s main tenets of power, speed, coordination, and agility; balancing this with an emphasis on teamwork and fostering a positive atmosphere. Classes forge well-rounded athletes through an emphasis on high-intensity, constantly varied workouts that integrate powerlifting with plyometrics, sprints, gymnastics, and kettlebells. CrossFitters also blend tabata training workouts, which emphasize eight-interval couplets made up of twenty seconds of furious work and ten seconds of rest.