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 by 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.
Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre houses three studios, where instructors teach dance, yoga, and various fitness classes. Surrounded by exposed brick walls, students learn to salsa and tango during dance classes. Expert yogis lead classes such as Hatha yoga, yoga for runners, and stroller yoga. Aside from classes, the staff also practices ion detoxing and Thai yoga massage.
Morrison Family Karate swaddles martial artists in a traditional uniform (a $39.99–$59.99 value) and tutors them in realistic self-defense to cultivate discipline, increase fitness, and build confidence. Led by a head instructor with more than 25 years experience, a staff of professional black belts with authoritatively named fists conducts 30- to 60-minute classes (a $70 value). Classes designed for 5- to 65-year-olds typically drill 5–15 students in dynamic strikes, defensive positions, and incapacitating break-dance moves. Morrison's air-conditioned training area is fully matted, features a viewing area for parents and guests, and is supported by CPR/First Aid–certified staff. Instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays staggers start times between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Medpoint melds the knowledge of licensed physicians and fitness professionals to pinpoint problem areas and help clients realize both inner and outer goals. The Bod Pod is an air-displacement plethysmograph, which determines in five minutes the body's composition of fat and fat-free mass, resting metabolic rate, and total energy expenditure. Informed bodies can use the results of these measurements to plan workout routines, make nutritional choices, and laugh at weaker, lazier recliner chairs. Strides expose themselves under a GaitScan gait analysis, which helps athletes run more efficiently and identify posture-related problems. Finally, clients benefit from a 30-minute consultation with Fitness Director Aric Sudicky, who bequeaths a detailed report on fitness status and overdue library books.
Round One helps students amp self-confidence and obtain valuable self-defense skills with a six-day schedule of classes led by a training staff of decorated fighters, including the 2011 IKF Welterweight Kickboxing champion and kickboxing national team coach Brad Fowler. In kickboxing sessions, students learn the basics of a fighting style that works the whole body, including hidden muscles masquerading as spare Silly Putty. Boxing classes lay fighting framework by teaching the sport’s fundamentals before instructors oversee moves and ensure proper technique. Both class styles ameliorate students’ health by boosting lean muscle mass, aiding in stress relief, and stoking metabolism without the hazard of swallowing a firework. Fighters of all fitness levels attend both beginner kickboxing and boxing sessions, and the gym suggests that each fighter supply his or her own boxing gloves and hand wraps, although they stock a small supply of community gloves.