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, 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 each lady’s body weight and unique fitness level to create resistance that matches her abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions can 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.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($59), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Two personal training sessions ($35) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes unlimited tanning ($25/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Jon Page has been instructing eager instrumentalists on plucking, strumming, and everything in between for nearly four years. With training in a system devised by the Berklee College of Music and a history of performing in bands and on stage, Jon can tutor pupils of various ages and skill levels. Classes occur for a half hour weekly and incorporate music theory and technique. Check online for lesson availability.
Koko FitClub?s digital keys unlock personalized cardio- and strength-training regimens tailored to each guest?s abilities and goals. Each user receives a small, USB-like device that stores personal fitness data, which is extracted during an initial fitness consultation. During each workout, guests plug their keys into the host of strength-training and cardio equipment. Based on the key?s data, the machines display the user?s ideal cardio intensity and resistance level or number of reps for each session?and even rate how they?re performing. The system adapts routines as members work toward their goals or gain +5 strength from an enchanted amulet, offering them the intelligence of a personal trainer without the costly fees or hassle of matching schedules. Online tracking further digitizes training, allowing users to see their progress on their home computers, in the very same browser where they?ll soon order smaller clown suits.
Improvolution’s motto is “live funny, die laughing,” and although it’s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment’s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
World travelers Michael Bodine and Rose Neitzell share a passion for health and natural healing. Drawing upon the things they've learned on their journeys, they help clients find relief from stress and pain during massage and bodywork sessions. Michael's specialty lies in structural integration and myofascial release, which can improve range of motion and thereby facilitate a smoother golf swing or a more pendulous grandfather-clock impersonation. Rose's background as a practitioner at international spas has taught her the joys of working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as well as varied skincare and detox regimens.