In CrossFit Clarity’s workout studio, a collection of free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls stands ready for use in intense workouts. Daily classes incorporate repetitions of various functional exercises, helping trainees build muscle while burning calories. The intensity of exercises increases over time by adding weights and additional reps.
Help kids increase focus and self-esteem while building character with a fun and active Karate for Kids program. An experienced and safety-minded staff of instructors guides tykes through four group classes (a $50 value) that promote friendship, perseverance, and confidence. Based on tae kwon do, the classes teach awareness skills and self-defense techniques. A personal training session (a $50 value) provides attentive one-on-one instruction, and a uniform (a $45 value) gives youngsters the appropriate garb for their newfound skill set.
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.
The “move” in Move Fitness’s name might be a shimmy, a salsa step, or a spin—instructors at this studio only teach Zumba. This latin-dance-inspired cardio workout is set to a high-energy mix of international tunes, so it often feels more like a party at the club than a workout. The calorie-torching classes convene five days a week in Eagle and Meridian.
Shauna Brookshier wanted to help exercisers push themselves to new levels, but she also wanted to avoid leaving people out based on their fitness levels. She found indoor cycling let students set their own pace while she provided the motivation, so she opened Go Epic Indoor Cycling to help aspiring athletes of all levels, as she puts it, "find their own ‘Epic’.'" She and her two fellow trainers lead different brands of cycling classes, including endurance rides, skill-building classes, and prime cycle sessions for people looking to go all out.
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.
Mother-daughter duo Lee Wilson and Jenn Stevens founded Lhotse Yoga because they believed the benefits of yoga were too great to keep to themselves. Both Lee––who works a full-time job as a massage therapist––and Jenn––a mother of three––saw a boost in their energy levels thanks to the practice, while their waistlines shrunk 25 and 60 pounds, respectively. At Lhotse, they've created a yoga curriculum that includes the heated and nonheated styles that helped them reach their current state of well-being. Beginning yoga takes place in a nonheated or low-temperature studio so that students can focus on alignment and breathing, and hot yoga sends studio temps soaring up to 100 degrees in order to loosen the muscles for easier posing. Unlike traditional Bikram yoga classes that follow the same series of 26 postures, Yoga Alliance-certified instructors keep a quicker pace with more dynamic moves, keeping participants on their toes and preventing tree poses from putting down permanent roots.