With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Dr. James Kemmler and registered nurse Nancy Jenkins use medical-grade treatments to renew their clients’ skin. Microdermabrasion sessions and chemical peels work to diminish the appearance of scars, sun spots, and fine lines. Using Ultherapy, an FDA-approved non-invasive procedure, technicians can also lift the neck, chin, and brow. Fine lines also disappear with Botox cosmetic injections. To cap off beauty-enhancing services, clients can take home Latisse and apply it to their eyelashes for fuller- and darker-looking fringe.
At Salsa City Fitness, experienced instructors lead classes that range from upbeat Zumba sessions and booty barre to hip-hop, line dancing, and Piloxing, a combination of Pilates and boxing exercises. High-intensity Tabata sessions helps clients whip their bodies into shape, while Zumba Fitness sessions incorporate additional aerobics into the Latin dance workout.
Sequestered from the fitness studio, cardio room, and kid center at St. Julian's Fitness, a quiet room plays host to massage therapy. Here, a duo of licensed massage therapists—Bethany Kovach and Ryan Debelak—improves muscle health with soothing hand movements. Both Bethany and Ryan possess the know-how to induce relaxation with gentle Swedish strokes, relieve chronic pain with firm deep-tissue kneads, and target areas of tension with a sports massage. However, Bethany alone practices Thai-yoga massage, which is performed on the floor without lotion, oil, or ranch dressing. Massage therapy is available without a gym membership, and guests are welcome to enjoy a 15-minute Jacuzzi session prior to each appointment.
Movementality Yoga & Wellness Studio's tranquil practice space plays host to a slew of classes ranging from yoga and tai chi to upbeat Zumba. The team of certified instructors at the studio share a belief in the link between physical movement and mental well-being, fostering an encouraging environment in which students can explore the limits of what their body can do. They lead classes through safe stretches and movements during Vinyasa, Easy Flow, or intermediate yoga courses, along with more upbeat Zumba classes.
Dynamic Performance's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Dynamic Performance’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.