As they enter the training circle 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, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute 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.
As owner of Aspen Fitness, Matthew Grill teaches students to live healthier, more active lives in four simple steps. But he believes the most important aspect of training happens before the first session even begins. He's talking about the decision to fit fitness into one's hectic schedule, and he aims to make that goal as easy as possible. That's why he holds at least 35 group fitness classes a month, including Zumba and RIPPED Yoga, as well as 30 specialty classes from CrossFit training to MMA conditioning, in which you have to knock the weights unconscious before trying to lift them.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Star trac, Matrix
Students should bring: Yoga Mat
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
The instructors at The Yoga Room of Redlands take time to build toward peak poses. They begin by modeling basic movements that warm bodies from the inside out. As muscles and connective tissues gain mobility, teachers introduce more-rigorous postures such as chair, which mimics the action of sitting down on Santa's lap. Students build up to the peak pose—a posture that's intensely challenging and rewarding—and then cool down through a sequence of curative, relaxing movements.
Throughout each of the Power Vinyasa–style classes, teachers tend to students as individuals, offering modifications and adjustments to make poses more comfortable. They also add upbeat music to brighten the mood.
The instructors at Inner Evolution Yoga believe that practicing yoga is a personal journey best undertaken at your own pace. Students who are new to yoga or are injured join yin stretching sessions, and in challenging hot classes, experienced yogis rise to the next level, where they can claim their well-earned pot of golden chakra coins. Inner Evolution Yoga is a registered school with Yoga Alliance.
Adopting the studio?s philosophy of humility, the yoga experts see the strengths and weaknesses in their practices. This encourages all teachers to constantly learn new skills and different modalities.
Redlands Gymnastics Club’s action-packed classes endow children between 18 months and 18 years of age with the interpersonal skills and physical discipline they will need to succeed in school or reality television. Led by enthusiastic coaches, classes meet once or twice a week and range from 45-minute parent-child sessions for tots (3.5 years or younger) to progressively longer and more challenging instruction for older girls and boys. Grade-schoolers can rise to the top of playground politics by mastering the splits in beginners or intermediate classes, and 3- to 5-year-olds can learn fundamental movement patterns in Tumble Tots sessions, also focused on cultivating social skills such as listening and not eating gym socks without the proper condiments. Redlands’s innovative program incorporates music, gymnastics, and dance to promote robust personal development and a positive self-image among its young charges.