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 circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been 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 your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your 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.
Zack Marler describes his ADHD as a blessing: Whereas some might be discouraged by the diagnosis, it has fueled him with an unrelenting store of energy and an upbeat attitude that is invaluable in the fitness world. Zack began honing his unending pep at a young age, when his mother had the good sense to encourage the lively youngster to channel his energy toward athletics. Since then, Zack has been involved in martial-arts studios, gymnastics gyms, boot camps, and CrossFit training centers, and he trained for five years in the U.S. Navy.
Today, Zack owns and operates CrossFit Essentials, where he continues to infuse his abundance of energy into high-intensity CrossFit classes every day. He and his staff of certified CrossFit trainers guide students through the strenuous CrossFit workouts while doling out nutritional tips and words of encouragement. His studio also offers CrossFit courses for kids, in which children and teenagers engage in creative workouts that aim to hone their athleticism and their ability to hurl unabridged copies of Great Expectations up to 40 feet away. Throughout the week, the gym brings all its members together with family outings, movie nights, and nutrition challenges.
Bernadine Hall doesn't need a medical license to treat immune system ailments or joint paint. Instead she addresses these issues, as well as emotional stress or scar-tissue formation, via a range of massage modalities. Along with relaxing Swedish strokes and healing deep-tissue massages, she helps moms-to-be manage their pregnancies without sacrificing circulation or mobility through prenatal massages and increases athletes' flexibility so they can perform better during sporting events and long car rides with their in-laws.
Ranked in Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana, the course at Prairie View Golf Club is situated on 206 acres of environmentally protected land along the White River with scenic prairieland and five lakes. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design features natural wetlands with a rushing stream that comes into play on four holes, forcing players to demonstrate deft control or gilled golf bags. On the front nine, the prairie setting invites harsh winds to blow across bentgrass fairways, often knocking shots off course. As players make the turn onto the back nine, they notice a marked difference in the environment, as open prairies give way to tall sycamore, oak, beech, and cottonwood trees lying just beyond the Kentucky bluegrass rough. Across the river lies Conner Prairie, a historical re-enactment village whose elegant, 1830s-era style was adopted for the design of the course's 15,000-square-foot clubhouse.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,073 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Inside the CrossFit Locust Grove facility, barbells, jerk boxes, strongman logs, truck tires, and a welcoming group of classmates await any exerciser willing to take the next step in their fitness goals. A crew of committed coaches leads what comes next, namely, Workouts of the Day (WOD). Each WOD comprises functional movements, all performed at high intensity while coaches and classmates shout encouragement. Over time, the WOD targets every major muscle group, which not only sculpts muscles but helps with performance in everyday tasks, such as grinding coffee with a bowling ball. Since the exercises are scalable?meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from beginners to elite athletes?all students who attend can expect to push their own limits in strength, balance, power, endurance, and agility.