Most homes have kitchens, but few have one that stretches to 1,500 square feet. Kitchen Thyme does, however, and rents the facility out by the hour, furnishing chefs or novices wanting to learn how to cook with the space and high-quality equipment to wine and dine parties of up to 75. Chefs can cook, roast, broil and boil with an array of different heat sources: an indoor charbroiler and griddle, a range with six burners, and four ovens. They can also chill cold dishes in a Sub-Zero refrigerator with a bottom freezer, outfitted with a glass front door that lets you make prolonged eye contact with the snowman who lives inside. Use of the kitchen is also available to non-cooking professionals and can also act as host to meetings, parties, or home-cooks wishing for a bigger kitchen.
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.
Victory Lady Fitness Centers brims with professional fitness equipment and features a full class schedule. There's only one thing it doesn't have: men. At the gym's two spacious facilities, women of all ages and fitness levels can feel comfortable as they sweat it out on rows upon rows of cutting-edge workout gear, free weights, and cardio machines. Group fitness classes range from gentle sessions such as yoga and the treadmill-centered Walk It Off to more intense routines such as Cardio Sculpt and Ab Blast. Both locations also maintain a full schedule of TRX classes, which use suspension trainers and students' own body weight to work out.