Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($59), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Two personal training sessions ($35) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes unlimited tanning ($25/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies, promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.