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. 30 seconds 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.
The coaching staff at D1?which is co-owned by professional athletes such as NFL player Peyton Manning, MLB player Chipper Jones, and NFL player Philip Rivers?refuses to discriminate between professional athletes and everyday exercisers. They scale the strength-and-cardio workouts of their group boot-camp classes and one-on-one intensive courses to individual abilities, bringing out the best in each student regardless of his or her workout history.
The typical D1 gym houses modern indoor turf fields with adjoining weight rooms, giving instructors the space to invent expansive obstacle courses that may require students to lift tires or tug 747s. In the boot-camp program, coaches meet with students one-on-one to discuss progress and find ways to improve. Each facility also houses a sports-therapy clinic, where expert therapists ease muscle injuries through rehabilitation programs and strength-restoring exercises.
Energetic trainers motivate students to tone sinews and amp up endurance in semiprivate yoga, Pilates, and fitness sessions atop IM=X Pilates' sleek hardwood floors. The studio's flexible schedule arms students with an arsenal of sweat sessions seven days a week. Lax muscles morph into more sculpted sinews during an IM=X Basic class as students tone hips, chisel abs, and buff up funny bones with intensive exercises on the studio's refined Pilates reformer, the Xercizer. Yogis flow through Vinyasa postures full-force in IM=X Yoga, which cultivates balance and coordination and tempers mental tension. Clients can opt to extend limbs into graceful pliés and elegant arabesques in the IM=X bar program, which lengthens limbs and fortifies lower-body strength. Alternatively, a fast-paced spin class sweeps swiftly pedaling fitness-philes on a stationary cycling journey to surge circulation, boost endurance, and pick up stationary tricycles from daycare.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Inches-A-Weigh’s weight-loss program for women melts away extra pounds with an effective three-phase program. For four weeks (a value of $49 per week for two of the weeks, plus a $199 enrollment fee—the cost of the other two weeks are waived), customers get access to the state-of-the-art weight-loss center. After individual figure analyses, phase one begins the calorie-cutting quest by introducing each client to a personalized, nutritionally sound eating program. During phase two, figures are shaped and squeezed via low-impact exercises that are easy on joints while being hard on flab, while phase three uses aerobic equipment to improve the cardiovascular system. Call to schedule an appointment and begin trimming the fat with Inches-A-Weigh.
Inside West Little Rock CrossFit, bodies relearn how to move. The certified CrossFit trainers gear the routines not toward building bulky muscles, but creating natural motion: drills train clients to bend, lift, and perform just as they should at work or at home. Shunning industrial machinery, the workout of the day keeps guests engaged with free weights, medicine balls, and other functional tools, and blends core-strengthening drills with weightlifting moves such as squats, cleans, and presses. Trainers scale every routine to each client's ability, creating a supportive environment that welcomes everyone from athletes and firefighters to the everyday folks thrown over their shoulders.