Personal trainer Nicole Williams founded Allure Dance & Fitness Studio to bring clients closer to their health goals through fitness classes, personal-training sessions, and intense, empowering pole-dancing lessons. Having dubbed the pole "the new dumbbell," Nicole now draws on more than 10 years of experience training everyone from housewives to celebrities as she brings full-body pole workouts to the masses. Nicole and her coterie of instructors specialize in pole dancing, but also lead personal-training sessions and classes that incorporate kickboxing, plyometric, and cardio techniques. Along with classes, Allure hosts private pole parties to sprinkle some spice into birthdays, bachelorette parties, and routine training for streetlight cleaners.
Barb, Debbie, and Anita help ladies feel and look their best from the inside out at Fitness Spa, sticking to the spa's stated goal of producing "healthy bodies, strong friendships, and happy spirits!" A springy, joint-friendly floor hosts about a dozen fitness classes a week, including perennial favorites such as Zumba and Pilates. An instructor with personal training experience or official Zumba certifications oversees each sessions, providing expert advice and motivation to students of all ability levels. If muscles are sore after a class, students can unwind in the soothing embrace of a thermal body wrap. In addition to promoting healthy insides, Fitness Spa also values healthy-looking outsides; the spa's own organic spray tan solution helps show off newly toned limbs.
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, 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 inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, Troy Weights
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, yoga mat, gloves, etc.
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Ricky Moore, the owner of American Fitness Center and a former member of the Royal Air Force in England, believes that everyone has the potential to be in great shape, but doesn't necessarily know where to start. The former competitive body builder often sees people making the mistakes of "improper technique, lack of discipline, shying away from strength training, and only focusing on cardio equipment."
Thus, he and his staff of trainers are onsite from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 24/7 facility to help clients of all fitness levels figure out exactly what they need to do to lose weight and sculpt muscles, to see them through any frustrating times. In addition to showing gym members how to get the most from the center's equipment and giving them nutrition tips, they run personal-training sessions, boot-camp classes, circuit-training sessions, and specialized workouts for abs, glutes, expectant mothers, or future brides.
Sharika Murrell, the workout diva behind Workout Diva Fitness, draws on her experience as a US Navy veteran and fitness leader and instructor at her gym. Murrell and her staff of personal trainers build healthy exercise and nutrition programs for their clients, including Zumba, boot-camp, and circuit-training workouts.