Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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.
The certified personal trainers, licensed massage therapists, and physical therapists at Hive Lifespan Center all operate beneath an invisible umbrella of wellness. They continually widen their reach to cover the needs of those who enter the practice, uniting the spectrums of fitness, health, and nutrition services.
The gym floor buzzes with iPod-compatible cardio equipment and strength circuits, and specialty studios provide focused zones for spinning, Pilates, and yoga. The conditioning studio hosts the resistance workouts of TRX suspension training and the core-tightening moves of Ab-Lab. Interactive tracking programs such as exerspy and eFitnessSystem tools can chart factors such as calories burned and daily steps taken without hiring a private investigator to follow each foot. The health component of the center prevents and rehabilitates injuries with chiropractic, massage, and physical-therapy treatments.
Modern decor throughout the venue complements the contemporary idea of wellness integration. A 1960s-inspired concrete wall carved in a grid of flowering squares runs throughout the space, and as if to match its blooms, the towels stacked by the spa-like locker rooms emit scents of eucalyptus and lavender, much like a koala that has just gotten out of the shower.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Under the medical direction of Dr. Jean Cangé, the center's team pampers clients with a blend of traditional spa services and modern laser treatments. Staffers instill relaxation with massage therapy, restore skin's purity with facials and peels, and decorate appendages' tips with manicures and pedicures. Additionally, the boutique med spa's technicians harness the power of light energy to remove unwanted hairs, reduce wrinkles, and dissolve scars resulting from competitive pillow fighting. Clients may also schedule one-on-one consultations with Dr. Cangé to discuss eligibility for antiaging injections of Botox Cosmetic, Restylane, or Juvéderm XC.