Over the course of three months, Snap Fitness members can master maneuvers with a vast array of weights and cardio machines, aided by two personal training sessions per membership option. A pair of personal training appointments commences with an in-depth consultation, and once health history, goals, and limitations are established, the second session is devoted to hands-on and elbows-on instruction. During one-on-one workouts, trainers keep an eye out for proper form and encourage muscles to put pressure on imprisoning skin layers. Cardholders can work out alongside their besties thanks to two included 14-day guest passes, affording pals the opportunity to swap gossip at the water fountain or discuss emancipation near the free weights. Twenty-four-hour access is not included in this deal but can be added for an extra $20 fee.
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. 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.
With an arsenal of workout regimens and classes, Willie Blanks—brother of Tae-Bo creator Billy Blanks—carries on the family tradition as he and his team of trainers lead healthy hopefuls to their goals. Students of the Wil-li-netics program are instructed in positive thinking and self-motivation as well as physical strength, giving them the mental wherewithal to pursue their fitness ambitions and telekinetically deflect cannon-propelled hot dogs. Individual attention comes in the form of a series of personalized routines, which may feature step aerobics, kickboxing, dance, or hand-weight workouts. An approximately one-hour massage (a $50 value) softens tight tendons, and a series of 15-minute life-coaching sessions (a $12.50 value per session) tones thought patterns into sleeker, more positive outlooks. Each gym membership entitles trainees to as many classes as their de-jellified limbs desire (up to a $60 value).