Fueled by the belief that the more fun an exercise regimen is, the more likely people will stick with it, instructors at Fitness With A Twist take an unorthodox route to fitness. Instead of stocking the brick-lined studio with cardio gear and free weights, they filled the mirrored space with floor-to-ceiling chrome poles, upon which they demonstrate how to perform gravity defying lifts, spins, and inversions. High heels click against the polished hardwood floors as they teach women the basics of pole dancing during drop-in classes, new uses for familiar seats in chair-dancing sessions, or ways to tone their upper bodies in ab-centric courses or the occasional belly-dancing class. To cater to bridal parties, work friends, or bridge clubs looking for an exciting alternative to conventional gatherings, the staffers also host pole-dancing parties.
Body In Balance Healing Center's clients can build themselves a lifestyle fueled by holistic health from head to toe using the resources available at the center, including therapeutic massage, yoga classes, and alternative spa treatments. Visitors of all skill levels can drop in to open yoga sessions, where they'll either learn or perfect their sun salutations, appeasing the needy star with muscle-fortifying poses and stretches. Massage therapists' kneading techniques aim to release physical and emotional tension, restoring bodies to peak condition, and a menu of face- and body-focused skin services addresses a host of issues with cutting-edge and alternative spa therapies, soothing acne-prone skin with botanicals, banding muscles to prevent age-related drooping, and employing lasers to erase fine lines.
Doug Crytzer holds the rare distinction of being a professional racer. When a local boy scout troop hired him to organize an adventure race for them, he discovered he loved producing races even more than running them. He founded American Adventure Sports in 1997 to indulge his new passion, while raising awareness of nature's beauty and efforts to preserve it.
Today, AAS, as Doug dubs it, organizes adventure races, triathlons, mountain bike races, and camping trips into American wildernesses across the country. The organization also has a brick and mortar store located in Pennsylvania, where staffers provide athletes with all the gear they need to compete in any of the events or go on an adventure of their own making.
Students should bring: Participants should plan to bring a lunch or go out to lunch
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: A snack will be provided on May 10, but you should bring an umbrella for walking between buildings in case of rain
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, sculpts muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds during 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching. It incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats vary too, including special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
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 and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. 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.