As they enter the training circuit 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 by 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.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
The Futen Dojo is a traditional center for the study of Kobudo; the ancient martial arts of Japan. Under the direction of Michael Coleman (Kyoshi), students learn effective self-defense techniques and experience the multi-layered benefits of classical martial art training.
Inside a facility called the Fitness Asylum, trainers embark on a life-changing mission with clients: to get their bodies fit and help them lose weight. They call this quest Mission: Metabolism Bootcamp, and employ dozens of exercises to meet those goals. Despite the variety of activities—which could range from classic lifting and sprinting to flexibility and joint activation training—the goal remains focused and simple. By challenging different groups of muscles with high intensity interval training, the body is encouraged to increase its appetite for energy and calorie-burning. Each boot camp stretches over a three-week period, increasing in intensity with every meeting. Campers who pursue several sessions in a row get a one-week rest between each session to keep their bodies healthy and to prevent the free weights from getting too dizzy.