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, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds 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.
Whether visitors are looking to hone their boxing skills or simply find an energetic and engaging aerobic workout, Straightright Fitness caters to the needs of students of all ages and ability levels. Boxing instruction is the fitness center's foundation, and the instructors teach attendees how to bob, weave, and jab while building a greater sense of leadership, motivation, and self-discipline. Amped Boxing Aerobics classes focus on the sport's fundamentals, and the studio also offers sessions that blend boxing form and technique with a variety of high-intensity exercises to create aerobic workouts that bolster agility and overall athleticism.
Inside CrossFit North Little Rock's utilitarian gym, people are flipping tractor tires, jumping onto boxes, and slithering up ropes. To the uninitiated, it may look like chaos, but CrossFit's system has a method to its madness. That method is based on constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity.
Perfecting and strengthening movements such as jumping, squatting, bending, and lifting translates to everyday activities as well as all sports and work activities. That's a big reason the gym's trained instructors choose it as their primary fitness system, and the fact that it's scalable to all fitness levels and ages is another. They're also able to change the workouts each day, which keeps the boredom of repetition away. Finally, their group sessions foster team spirit, which keeps inspiration high and motivation at the ready.
The FastFit Training & Fitness tale begins more than three years ago, when Jeff McDaniel—named Fitness Business Owner of the Month by FitBusiness Insider in March 2012— started holding energetic boot-camp classes at a local park. Today, Jeff conducts classes within his own professional fitness studio, where he continues to lead the high-intensity workouts of metabolic exercises that have been lauded on NBC. Amid towering mirrors, dangling TRX Suspension trainers, and rows of colorful dumbbells, Jeff and his staff of trainers guide students of all squares through a diverse array of functional exercises, from crunches to climbers to handstands. Jeff has also designed an online fitness program with nutritional counsel and exercise videos, providing students workouts they can practice from hotels when traveling or from beneath neighbors’ backyard shrubbery when spying on tiki parties they weren't invited to.
The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
In conjunction with the yoga studio, The Floating Lotus Day Spa aims to beautify and relax clients using all-natural therapies, including body wraps, organic facials, waxing services, and massages. Wielding Éminence Organics skincare products, aestheticians deep cleanse faces using biodynamic ingredients designed to naturally hydrate and rejuvenate faces. Within the day spa's private rooms, therapists use methods such as Thai massage and foot-focused reflexology, as well as warmed lava stones, to melt away any knots or stale marshmallows hiding beneath the skin.