Bobby Zuniga has been there: overweight, unmotivated, and telling himself he'd change tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Today, he's transformed his life and his health through eating well and exercising—and though he's ready to help his clients do the same, he also knows what they're going through. Giving them simple strategies and plenty of encouragement, he helps clients get into shape through small-group training sessions designed to be fun, individualized, and less expensive than one-on-one training. He bolsters the workouts with nutrition guidance and custom programs designed for each client.
At Pureformance Fitness, nationally certified personal trainers Heather Flannagan and Erin Connor apply the phrase "less is more" to exercise. Their personal training and small-group training sessions, the latter of which are capped at four students, carve out more time for one-on-one instruction and support. To help fuel their exercisers' efforts, the duo posts weekly recipes to their blog and occasionally hold boot camps at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in front of 20,000 screaming fans.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches 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. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Pangea Integrative Therapies aims to keep body and soul together, must like how the massive supercontinent it's named for pressed modern continents into one piece. The wellness center integrates mind, body, and spirit with massage therapy. Modalities include classic Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and cranial-sacral massage. Some methods use heated stones, breath work, or psychotherapeutic elements to relax and unlock deep-seated tension. The center also catalyzes healing with counseling, personal coaching, and yoga and meditation sessions all bundled together using rubber cement.
After losing a family member in 2003, Terri Mairley, Udaya Yoga's owner, turned to the art of yoga. She soon discovered a new life purpose. Seeing first-hand both the physical and emotional benefits that yoga could bring to one's life, Terri decided to open up her own studio in 2007. Since then, Udaya Yoga's schedule has grown to include more than 20 weekly sessions. Classes such as Udaya Flow, which focuses on the connection between movement and breathing, are accessible for beginning yogis. In contrast, Power Yoga involves more challenging sequences that are best suited for Gumby and also students with foundational skills.