Leigh-Ann Mims, the owner of Elle Fitness, brings her knowledge of BarreAmped directly from her studies with Suzanne Bowen, the creator of the BarreAmped method. During classes, she and her students stand at a ballet barre as they perform challenging poses and small, isolated movements, which are inspired by modern dance, yoga, Pilates, and deep stretching. These movements are designed to strengthen the entire body, and lengthen muscles to work toward dancer-like lean gams and arms. The method sometimes takes students away from the barre to the floor to perform ground work and stretching, or outside where they can photosynthesize sun into muscle fiber, like a body-building fern. In addition to the traditional BarreAmped classes, Leigh-Ann also leads the more advanced BarreAmped Fire and the six-week BarreAmped Boot Camp series.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
A doctor and two registered nurses make up the staff at Beautiful You Medical Spa. So every med-spa service is performed by a highly trained medical professional with over 60 years combined experience. This includes a variety of services, from aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion to injections of Botox or vitamin B12.
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.
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.
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.