BASI Pilates–trained instructors engage the mind and body in Deez Pilatez's classes, which incorporate a wide variety of exercises on Balanced Body equipment and machines. Workouts on mats, Wunda chairs, and trapeze tables provide exciting exertion without the risks involved in bench-pressing a cheetah. Reformer machines work the body without putting unwanted stress on joints, and a variety of low-impact movements make the classes ideal for those recovering from minor injuries. Practicers of Pilates may experience improved circulation and the postural alignment necessary for competitive totem-pole impersonation. Inside the carpeted studio, a variety of machines, fitness balls, and colorful mats line the class area. Sketched Pilates forms hold positions on one side of the studio, and a wall of mirrors on the opposite side allow each student to keep a jealous eye on the perfect poise of their clone.
Ms. Bernadette approaches dancing from both an artistic and a fitness standpoint. As a dancer and ordained minister, she recognizes the spiritual and aesthetic beauty of graceful movements. As a personal trainer, she knows that performing those movements can be a great workout. At her studio, she combines dance classes with fitness classes, including Pilates and yoga, and teaches them with the goal of strengthening limbs and increasing students' flexibility.
The certified personal trainers at Tenley FIIT specialize in high-intensity interval-training programs designed to dramatically transform their clients' physiques. The trainers work with exercisers during personal-training sessions, small-group sessions, and 30-minute FIIT classes, which they offer up to three times per day.
Julie Johnston founded Boot Camp Las Vegas in 2005, when?after unsuccessfully trying to lose 60 pounds through a battery of exercise techniques?she considered enlisting in the military solely for the physical challenge and camaraderie. Upon reconsideration, she decided to reclaim some turf from the lazy birds in nearby parks and stage her own workouts to build the physical and mental toughness she knew she was capable of developing. Today, a team of instructors?all certified personal trainers who have completed 64 days of boot-camp training?preaches Johnston's program to exercisers of all fitness levels. To help monitor and maximize workouts, they stage weigh-ins, take measurements, perform physical-fitness tests, and dish out a nutrition packet to shed light on healthy eating.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: The Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.