As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty seconds 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.
When Lance and Lauren Caron decided to start their own fitness sessions, they didn't have a client list, equipment, or even a facility. They just had a few friends over in their living room and a regimen of effective body-weight resistance exercises in their minds. Demand quickly grew, forcing them to move the classes into their roomier basement, and then to a proper studio in Warrenton, Missouri. By May of 2012, the duo had built a community big enough to justify them taking over a large facility on the shores of Lake St. Louis, the current home of Resurrection Fitness.
Inside the 3,600-square-foot facility, exercisers take in scenic views of the lake during Les Mills?certified training sessions such as BodyPump and BodyFlow. The team of seven trainers also works with clients one-on-one during private workout sessions and nutritional counseling, which can help people make informed purchasing decision at the grocery story or shops that only sell sugar cubes and spinach.
The Pilates and Yoga Center of Lake St. Louis' experienced instructors whip clients of all ages and ability levels into shape during yoga lessons, Pilates sessions, and BeyondBarre classes?utilizing modern equipment and tools to encourage full-body results. To ensure their teaching methods stay sharp and up-to-date, all of these teachers attend workshops each year.
To advance results and help clients reshape their fitness goals, instructors utilize body assessments, which by determining fitness levels help instructors recommend appropriate fitness classes.
At Brickhouse Cardio Club, instructors treat workouts both as a fast-paced way to lose weight and as an excuse to have fun while dancing to popular songs pumped out of a high-end sound system. A specially designed floor works to support dancers' joints, and instructors keep an eye on each clients' form as they exercise in Zumba, yoga, and boot-camp courses.