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.
An air purification system designed by the chemist owner. Heated yoga classes that focus on athleticism. A 13-year-old yoga instructor. These are just a few of the many elements that set Florida Power Yoga apart from its competitors. Inside the sun-soaked studio, students move through a wealth of poses as heat from the high-quality heating system loosens their muscles and detoxifies them. The poses target the whole body, strengthening the core, toning the limbs, and relaxing the mind. The instructors, one of whom is 13 and has been practicing yoga for eight years, remain encouraging and motivating throughout each class, challenging and inspiring their students to attain their individual goals such as increased flexibility or weight loss.
All of the elements together produce more than hard bodies?they produce happy customers. One member praises the studio for alleviating her of her back pain, and another credited the owner, Denice, for transforming her life.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to get to a healthier place by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Star Trac machines and hoist nearly three tons of free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.