As they enter the training 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. One minute 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.
A lot of the action at Mill Valley Aquatics and Fitness Center takes place in the pool. In the aquatic oasis, whose roof can be retracted so swimmers can enjoy clear summer days, adults swim laps or soak in a hot tub while youngsters take swim lessons, zip down the water slide, or learn how to play water polo. Elsewhere, the aquatics and fitness center features a fitness floor full of essential cardio and strength-training equipment. Personal trainers set clients on the proper path toward fitness, and group classes include yoga, Pilates, spin, and water exercise and therapy. (A childcare room is available if you want to exercise alone.) For events that don't require a lot of athleticism?unless your 80-year-old grandfather does a vigorous waltz?the center offers a sunny and airy banquet hall for craft fairs, ballroom dancing, weddings, and community events
Prior to opening her personal fitness studio, Sara Ellis was a World Cup-class mountain-bike racer competing for the award-winning Volvo-Cannondale team. As her racing days were coming to a close, she began coaching others on biking techniques, strength training, and physical conditioning—and fell in love. Personal training quickly became her new passion, whether she was working with elite athletes or individuals inspired to improve their health.
Ultimate Fitness specializes in slow-motion strength training and other customized training programs. In keeping with her background, Sara also leads terrain-based indoor spinning classes that test participants' limits, whether in the area of exertion or in the number of towels they have to use in a session.
Students should bring: Water, snack
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: No
Average class length: Three hours
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear layers for all types of weather; hat and sunscreen
Equipment: Stability and Bosu balls, weights, calf stretcher, foam roller, etc.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Outdoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.