Tired of the endless seas of cardio machines, impersonal client relations, and superfluous membership fees that often characterize commercial fitness centers, friends Aj, Chet, Patrick, and Celita took their common passion for athletics and opened their own private training studio: Warrior Fitness Center. Amid the studio's kettlebells, sleds, and sandbags, they lead a variety of fitness programs, including energetic Fit Camp classes and sports-specific training sessions. The coaches open their classes to students of all skill levels, from the expert athlete to the everyday working professional, who doesn't literally work every day, because there have been billions of them.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
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. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine-maneuvering and your muscle-making. 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.
Kelli Morgan is so passionate about yoga that she can't help but share it with others. Her zeal for the discipline surfaced in 1989, when she began studying Bikram yoga, a series of 26 poses performed in a heated room. Eleven years later, she completed the 500-hour teacher-training program at Bikram's Yoga College of India and launched a career as a hot-yoga teacher. Since then, she's also incorporated traditional, non-heated yoga into her class lineup at Liv Yoga Bellevue. Hatha sessions focus on alignment and breathing techniques, whereas Vinyasa classes meld breath and movement into a practice that moves fluidly, like a freshly shaven dolphin. The studio also hosts yoga classes for kids aged 4?10 and participates in community events such as Yoga Rocks the Park.
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Though many dance-fitness fads have come and gone in recent years, Jazzercise's popularity has never wavered. As the first contender in a now-booming industry, the revolutionary fitness regimen was founded in 1969 by dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. She repurposed her love of jazz dance into a global phenomenon, and today the Jazzercise program spans 32 countries and roughly 32,000 weekly classes.
The Jazzercise method engages and exercises the entire body during high-energy workouts. Certified instructors ensure that no student, whether just beginning or advanced, gets left behind with aid from step-by-step instruction and an online roster of moves. They blend dance aerobics with resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing to tone and limber up entire muscle groups. Each class kicks off with a warm-up to get everyone?s blood flowing and shake the cobwebs latticed between the fingers of their jazz hands. Instructors then lead students through 30 minutes of cardio, strength training with weights, and a stretch-filled cooldown, all set to infectiously popular tunes. Jazzercise instructors are so committed to their students' health and confidence that they've archived nutrition, fitness, health, and beauty articles online to help keep Jazzercisers motivated and positive.
High-tech cardio and weightlifting equipment sprawls across 150 workout stations at Better Bodies, where a knowledgeable staff of instructors and personal trainers aims to cultivate an unintimidating atmosphere for patrons of all fitness levels. More than 60 group fitness classes per week singe calories through cycling, aerobics, and martial arts, and customized weight-loss programs spur fitness goals outside of the gym with step-by-step guidance, personal consultations, and meal plans. Vibrant purple and yellow walls surround treadmills, stationary bikes, and shelves bearing Beverly International supplements within Better Bodies’ bright interior, and a fleet of flat-screen TVs entertains exercisers not busy bench-pressing their sweatbands.