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 by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute 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.
The classes at Hot90 BikramYoga challenge participants of all abilities with a series of 90-minute classes that cover 26 yoga postures, each pose addressing a different area of the body. Classes take place in a 1,700-square-foot room heated to 105 degrees, with large windows that overlook Hardin Valley. The studio has a state-of-the-art heating system, antimicrobial flooring, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to help yogis focus on their postures and check that their hair isn't on fire. After class, participants head to large locker rooms with all of the amenities needed to get cleaned up after a hard workout, including showers and hair-drying stations.
The experienced instructors at Innergy Fitness Systems create personalized fitness regimens that provide intense 30-minute conditioning workouts. Thirteen-plus years of health expertise funnels into these workouts, which accommodate exercisers of all fitness levels. Their compact Reaction camps boost endurance while torching calories in a fraction of the time of most workouts, leading to benefits ranging from reduced stress to improved physical performance. Team members invest themselves in their clients’ ability to succeed, providing nutritional guidance and support by offering healthy-eating suggestions that fit into clients' lifestyles.
It's hard to get out rock climbing regularly. Basketball courts don't fit in the average home. The facilities at The Rush Fitness let everyone get in an exciting workout, though, with climbing walls, pools, athletic courts, and more. At 23 locations in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Dalton, Asheville, Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point and Greenville, skilled trainers preside over those amenities. They also lead more than 500 group exercise classes, which might touch on everything from yoga to Zumba. Those classes, as well as the requisite array of free weights and cardio equipment, have helped the chain win a range of "best gym" awards.
Though Joe Elmore has the certifications to prove it, his sizeable biceps are enough to convince anyone of his love for fitness. Elmore puts his passion and rippling arm muscles to use conducting intimate boot-camps and personal-training sessions within his private gym packed with advanced, custom-made equipment. He invites all ages and athletic abilities, leading innovative workouts to promote weight loss, muscle gain, and long-term health. Because his group classes are so small, Joe even allows students to play their own workout music, from favorite hip-hop songs to disco remixes of Jack LaLanne’s famous lectures.
Knoxville Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu's expert instructors work to hone combative jabs and harden muscles during kickboxing classes and functional training boot camps. In kickboxing sessions, students of all ages, genders, species, and athletic abilities embark on a full-body workout where they can practice foot strikes, punching combinations, and punching combination locks off lockers. Alternatively, a four-week boot-camp program lights a fire under unwanted fat with intense routines, adjusting its moves and pace to accommodate each client's fitness level. Patrons might heave russian kettlebells, make waves with battling ropes, and roll medicine balls in between military-style bodyweight exercises. Additional joint-mobility drills and stretches gently ease limbs away from prolonged strain and toward future careers as inflatable airdancers in front of car dealerships.