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.
Going toe-to-toe in a ring with a veteran boxer sounds like a nightmare, but when it happens at TITLE Boxing Club, the veteran is a benevolent personal trainer. In sparring with their clients, trainers help chip away at personal weaknesses as part of custom fitness regimens.
Budding boxers can also train in a group setting, spending their class time pummeling heavy bags to perfect their jabs, crosses, and hooks. Group kickboxing classes, alternatively, combine punching-bag exercises with training on roundhouse kicks, front kicks, and back kicks guaranteed to enhance skittish horse impressions.
At CrossFit FerVor, there’s no distinction between gym newbies and those in fighting shape when it comes to which class they take. CrossFit regimens—replete with moves such as handstands, pull-ups, and Olympic lifts—scale to exercisers of all stripes. And coaches Chuck and Melissa Swain know how to motivate each participant through each session, as the husband-and-wife duo used CrossFit themselves to get back into shape.
At Gratitude Yoga, everything revolves around community. Paula Foxx, founder and director, feels it's important to engage in community and cultivate it whenever possible. With the help of her fellow instructors, Paula draws yogis together for multi-level classes that explore various yoga styles. During yin yoga classes, instructors model poses that stretch connective tissue; during Hatha classes, instructors link breath and flexibility as they guide students through synchronized breath movements, interwoven asanas, and accidental somersaults. Although instructors emphasize community, the studio's brick walls, worn wooden floors, and soft overhead lighting encourage introspection and self-improvement.
The roster of certified trainers at CrossFit G6 includes a former collegiate baseball and football player, a former US Army combat medic, and a former figure and bikini model, all of whom have had their lives transformed by CrossFit. At CrossFit G6, they lead a different Workout of the Day—WOD—every day based on CrossFit’s philosophy of varied, functional fitness. The WOD is never the same but will often incorporate moves such as running, weightlifting, rowing, pull-ups and other body-weight exercises, kettlebell training, and gymnastics-inspired exercises such as dips on suspended rings.
Despite what its name suggests, there's a lot more to Karate of Mansfield than just karate. Sure, their instructors teach kids and adults Japanese karate techniques, but they also instruct in Brazilian jiujitsu and Hatha yoga. Additionally, they host fitness-focused boot camps, putting participants through intense circuit training with kettlebells, free weights, and other equipment.