Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Every thigh- or torso-transformer is equipped with the CurvesSmart personal-coaching system, which uses programmed information on weight, endurance level, and fitness goals to automatically calibrate the perfect challenge for individual bodies. The CurvesSmart system also delivers a postworkout rundown on the strength built and progress achieved during each session. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine-maneuvering and to squirt overheated guests with a Super Soaker.
During one of TenCycling's not-so-traditional spinning classes, the studio's RealRyder patented articulating bikes lean and move just like real bicycles, simulating the experience of pedaling down the scenic slopes of a mountain road or up and down undulating foothills. As students novice to pro cycle, they tone and fully engage their muscles and quickly burn through calories. And unlike some spinning classes, these high-energy workouts activate the muscles in the upper body, often leading to improved posture or spontaneous, wrestler-style t-shirt shredding sessions.
The coaches at XCEL Sports Science & Fitness mold aspiring athletes into all-star players with some of the same training regimens they provide to sports professionals. In their 11,000-square-foot facility, the team hosts camps and one-on-one sessions that help athletes gain the speed and conditioning they need to rise above their competition. The encouraging staff helps develop muscles with tools that can include anything from free weights and medicine balls to tractor tires and sledgehammers. Athletes can also work on the fundamentals for their individual sport, whether it be football, baseball, or running. The center’s adult fitness classes keep bodies fit with intense, boot-camp-style workouts tailored to each participant’s fitness level.
The trainers at Man o’ War CrossFit understand speed and efficiency reign king in this fast-paced world, and that a busy schedule can sometimes get in the way of fitness. To help people make time for getting into shape, they’ve developed total-body workouts designed to whip patrons into shape in 30 minutes or less. Each day, they motivate patrons with a new CrossFit regimen, challenging them to their build strength, agility, and stamina with a series of functional movements scaled to suit all fitness levels. The high-intensity workouts draw on a slew of nontraditional fitness gear: One day, patrons might heave medicine balls and hang from gymnastics rings, and the next, they might climb ropes and rock heavy punching bags to sleep. In addition to calorie-annihilating CrossFit sessions, the dedicated trainers also lead one-on-one personal-training sessions and oversee free-form open-gym sessions.
Safety comes first at Martial Arts USA, where students of all levels practice tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu, and hapkido on official Olympic judo mats. The instructors are led by Grand Master Yeong C. Jeon, a 15th-dan, 25-year teaching veteran. Under Jeon's guidance, the teachers instill physical fitness, self-discipline, respect, and focus to help students of all ages overcome their mental obstacles.