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.
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, comfortable workout clothes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have a fun, family atmosphere that provides a variety of methods and benchmark goals to keep members motivated and on track.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We go through a group warm up, learn a new skill or work on a existing skill. Then we set up for the workout. The workouts are constantly varied; they can be done as an individual, performed with a partner or small team.
Though he may look intimidating garbed in camo and shiny military boots, the head instructor at C.G.R. Fitness—C.G.R. stands for “clients getting results”—motivates his students with positive reinforcement, instead of the threat of latrine duty. Students of all sizes and fitness levels don their C.G.R.-issued dog tags and prepare to push themselves to their physical limits during the basic-training-style boot-camp classes. The indoor/outdoor classes focus on functional training, meaning that students build strength and stamina as they heave barbells, leap up and down steps, and drag tires until they agree to stop heckling you. In addition to chiseling sculpted physiques during personal-training sessions, clients can improve their health with self-defense, nutrition, and Zumba classes.
2DFit fosters a total-body approach to physical fitness by focusing their gym on just three types of group exercise classes: spinning, boot camp, and core conditioning. Open to patrons of all experience levels, their indoor cycling classes have the potential to help participants burn up to 1,000 calories an hour with low impact yet high intensity aerobic spin sessions. Core and boot camp classes help bulk up the muscles revealed by cycling's fat-burning effects by combining an array of strengthening moves to improve flexibility, stamina, and Terminator impressions.
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.
At Steel Mill Crossfit & Gym, a team of trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals. Daily classes incorporate a workout of the day, which is scaled in intensity to suit the fitness level of each individual. Exercisers also receive nutrition instruction and one-on-one guidance during the small-group sessions.