The Shape Up Shoppe is a women's-only gym where members get in shape and have fun doing it. The class curriculum includes aerobics, boxing, Zumba, and belly dancing, among other disciplines, and interested parties can even sign up for personal training and lessons in tennis and self defense. Best of all, the club features a number of cool, club-like amenities that help foster friendly vibes between members, including a bamboo room and tiki deck where exercisers can cool down after class.
As they enter the training circle 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.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises—each with modifications—into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
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.