Bailey's Powerhouse Gym Basic Plus members can sweat solo on modern, well-maintained exercise equipment accessible 24 hours a day, or join others for a one-on-one training and group fitness classes. A one-hour personal-training session with one of Bailey's trained fitness gurus can bolster motivation, help design a workout routine, or refresh your memory about hard-to-remember state capitals. Then, pump muscle with exercise accessories available 24 hours a day at every Bailey's gym, including a smorgasbord of cardiovascular equipment, a plethora of strength-training machines and free weights, and a boatload of synonyms for the word many. Other amenities vary from gym to gym, but may include boxing rooms, saunas, or cardio theater rooms stuffed with big-screen TVs and surround-sound speakers designed to distract exercisers from their toil or the fact that their hair is on fire.
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 to 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.
A two-month membership at Snap Fitness gets you access to the gym's state-of-the-art equipment during the staffed hours. A 24-hour access card can be purchased for a discounted price of $20 (normally $35), giving cardholders all-hour facility access. Even if you choose to exercise only during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.
The instructors at KGB Kiteboarding empower their students to skate over the ocean's waves, propelled only by a high-flying kite and a large board. The staff teaches lessons at Jacksonville Beach and Huguenot Park for every experience level, from beginners to advanced boarders. During each session, they handpick gear to suit varying builds, riding styles, and weather conditions, walking their pupils through equipment setup and safety guidelines. Whether they are imparting basic launch techniques or teaching experts how to surf with a blimp in lieu of a kite, they welcome anyone to observe their training and ask questions on the beach. They also stock their own brand of boards, harnesses, and fins. With year-round private and group seminars, they encourage their clientele to tame the surf regardless of the season.
Before he became a certified personal trainer in 2008, Daniel Cone served in the US Army for two years in an infantry division that specializes in parachute operations. Today, he uses his military training to lead boot-camp classes and personal-fitness programs at Xtreme Fitness. The indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes incorporate weight training and a range of exercises such as lunges, jumping jacks, and shoulder dips. Daniel or another certified instructor performs individual body adjustments throughout the class and modifies exercises in order to accommodate all fitness levels. Xtreme Fitness enhances personal-fitness programs with cross training, fitness evaluations, and nutrition and lifestyle coaching. For a more relaxing workout, clients can take a morning yoga class or do pushups during a bubble bath.
Pam Davis spends her days uniting body and mind with her services, which she cultivated skill in while attaining her certification in both massage therapy and the instruction of Kripalu-style Hatha yoga. Three times a week, she bends and stretches through asanas with students in 90-minute yoga sessions. With her remaining hours, she takes on the tensions that accumulate in any living body by blending myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and therapeutic yoga, to name a few. When she takes evenings and weekends off, her digital doppelgänger continues her work via her relaxation CD. The 40-minute recording combines guided meditations, soft music, and naturally relaxing sounds such as the burbling of a stream or the laughter of baby chipmunks.