Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength and use more than 150 pieces of cardio equipment, attend over 100 different classes, and play on the racketball court, basketball court and in the pool. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated. Members also have access to Kids Care and even tanning booths.
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.
From the passionate fury of flamenco to tango’s forbidden heat, the polished elegance of classical ballet to the earthen power of modern dance, the Latin Ballet of Virginia uses the expressive beauty of movement to weave the tales and traditions that are the heart and soul of Hispanic culture.
Martial-arts knowledge can be useful in situations where self-defense is the only option; however, training is a lifestyle choice that requires mental as well as physical commitment. Master Jeong Ho Yi currently holds a fifth-degree black belt in the ancient practice of taekwondo: a Korean martial art that emphasizes dynamic footwork, as well as mindful awareness of the body's movements and capabilities. Joined by a team of instructors, Master Yi shares his knowledge of taekwondo with students of all ages and skill levels, safely introducing them to the physical techniques as well as the mental training required to develop improved focus, confidence, self control, perseverance, and respect.
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.
Indoor cycling gets hearts pumping, brows sweating, and legs churning. But that isn't enough for the trainers at Flow Cycle Studio. That's why they combine their cycling sessions with off-the-bike exercises such as core-strengthening routines, light weight training, and Vinyasa yoga. As a result, these cycling fusion classes send metabolisms skyrocketing while also building well-rounded workouts designed to motivate students and aspiring paperboys of all fitness levels. Energetic music plays as exercisers hop on and off their Keiser M3+ indoor bikes, keeping spirits high.