The fun, active group classes at Drew LeBlanc's Elite Fitness boost health and vigor under the guidance of friendly, professional trainers. Cardio workouts, such as calorie-crushing dance-based Zumba, maximize heart and lung efficiency, while the brawn-boosting Bodypump class turns everyday muscles into washboards, six-packs, and other useful household items. Diligent exercisers can fight the battle of the bulge with a weight-loss boot camp or learn to protect their neighborhoods from gangs of delinquent punching bags with kickboxing lessons. The modern fitness center also houses private shower facilities for postworkout de-salting.
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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines 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 machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches 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.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Red River CrossFit’s certified coaches train clients of all fitness levels in dynamic, comprehensive boot camps. Two to three weekly multifaceted workouts increase cardiovascular health, coordination, and core strength while expelling freeloading sweat beads and abrasive, confrontational calories who shout insults at well-meaning mail carriers. The boot camps use proven conditioning concepts and keep the intensity high as pupils work toward physique refinement. Each scalable, group-based session challenges health-seekers with a new workout, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, like regular teeth brushing.
Peek into Expressions Studio’s deep-red space, and you'll spy ladies of all stripes—cheerful friends trying something new, plucky mothers hoping to get into shape, and confident businesswomen seeking to let off some steam after work. The instructors welcome women of all ages and athletic ability into their private pole-dancing studio, where they offer classes and private instructional parties for beginners and seasoned dancers alike. They lead students through basic spins, climbs, and transitions before moving onto more difficult moves, such as tricky sit-ups where you use your elbows and graceful twirls where you must name 10 US presidents before your feet touch the floor. During Vertically Fit classes, they shift the focus of the lesson from erotic dancing to pole exercises that tone abs, legs, and arms. The instructors also offer open pole sessions, where students can utilize the studio's six stationary, professional-grade Lil' Mynx poles and three petite poles to practice moves on their own.
Lisa Arendell has been leading Zumba classes for over two and a half years, but she has been in the fitness industry much longer. A certified personal trainer, Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in exercise science, and has owned and co-owned fitness centers and sneakers over the span of her 16-year career. Now she leads large-group Zumba classes for people of all experience levels, helping clients tone up and sweat off excess pounds with a fusion of Latin rhythms and dance moves. She lead one class daily Saturday through Wednesday.