After a career creating fitness programs for groups such as prenatal women, obese youth, and people with debilitating diseases, Althea Lawton-Thompson opened her own studio dedicated to helping people of every age and ability embrace wellness in a fun atmosphere. Along with her team Althea leads a bustling schedule of up to four classes a day. Classes range from Tribal Fusion, which combines African dance and jazz moves with toning exercises and light resistance, to Althea's own creation Yo-Chi-Lates, which she acknowledges sounds like a fruity drink, but is actually a blend of yoga, chi gong, and Pilates. Special programs include training for those with joint and muscle pain or immobility from lupus, fibromyalgia, and other conditions. Camps for kids inspire the fitness and self-esteem youngins need to arm-wrestle college counselors and win admission.
Additionally, concern for the earth is literally built into the studio. The dance floor's natural bamboo floors are suspended over a pine subfloor to create a sustainable surface that lowers impact as students jump into Zumba's Latin-inspired moves. In the personal-training studio, the floor is made of recycled natural-cork material, and recycled carpet comprises the lobby floor's mosaic. Low-voltage fluorescent lights cast a glow inside, and most of the center is underground, keeping it cool in the summer and safe from low-flying reindeer in the winter. :m]]
Pure Passion tones bodies and sculpts swaggers with a roster of risqué workout routines for women. Designed by two working mothers, Pure Passion's regimens let ladies practice fitness in a fun, social setting. Choose from a plethora of pole sessions for any experience level or select classes such as stiletto aerobics, diva boot camp, and more to unveil an inner femme fatale. Classes are offered Monday–Saturday at various times, and no scheduling is necessary, so feel free to drop in and enjoy the studio's jazzy ottomans, retro bar and snack area, multi-colored beamed lighting, and more. Clients are welcome to take three different workouts or opt for three sessions of the same routine.
Head coach Keefa Hawkins and her staff of certified CrossFit instructors often quip that CrossFit Iconz classes are “hard and fast, with no cuddling afterwards.” The coaches eschew traditional gym amenities of cardio machines, cushy locker rooms, and trainers that give you piggyback rides to your car, packing their no-frills gym with functional training equipment and free weights instead. Throughout the week, the staff lead students of all ages and abilities through challenging, high-intensity CrossFit workouts comprised of a constantly rotating tapestry of functional movements designed to enhance strength, agility, and coordination. The instructors even conduct CrossFit classes for kids, where workouts are specially tailored to suit the unique physical developmental needs of youngsters.
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 circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions 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.
Clients that workout with Mega WorX Training don’t have to feel like they’re stuck with just one exercise, because the program’s boot camps explore more than 10 separate disciplines of fitness. The boot camps, demand athletes to sweat through workouts that blend moves ranging from interval running and strength training to core work, circuit training, yoga, and distance training.
Go Hard Bootcamp pushes participants toward personal wellness with a curriculum rooted in strength training and cardiovascular endurance. The indoor and outdoor classes cater to all fitness levels, inviting both bodybuilders and sofa security guards to benefit from the instruction. Under the encouraging guidance of the boot camp’s trainers, exercisers aim to oust fat and replace it with lean, toned muscle mass and boosted self-esteem. Go Hard Bootcamp clients also benefit from the camaraderie of exercising with fellow health-seekers, as they perform the tough routines and occasionally burst into four-part harmonies of “Eye of the Tiger.”