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. The Curves Complete program combines exercise and meal plans with coaching, while Jillian Michaels-led workouts use functional, body weight-based exercises to increase strength and burn fat.
Terrence Hicks of Battleground Fitness has been a professional trainer since 1999. He's been certified many times over, and also draws on several years of experience in law enforcement to craft his personal-training sessions and boot-camp workouts, which help students sculpt fit physiques. For aspiring body builders, his intense workouts help them go from amateur to pro and from pro to Best Body Builder of All Time in the Whole Wide Universe.
But his credentials need not intimidate students. He works with patrons of all ages and fitness levels, and cultivates a supportive atmosphere in which he doles out positive motivation. He even works with senior citizens to help them prevent cardiovascular health problems and retain an active lifestyle.
At RoxStar Fitness, the choreographer, performer, and Pilates guru Natasha Brown transforms dance routines into high-energy workouts where women can have fun while getting in shape. She pulls dance moves from many genres?rock, pop, hip-hop, swing, and more?and ties them together in RoxStar?s calorie-torching classes. Besides providing a good workout, Natasha shares dance tips that students can put to good use while busting moves at a wedding or in the background of a White House press briefing. Clients can supplement spirited dance classes with flexibility- and strength-building sessions of yoga and Pilates, as well as one-on-one personal-training programs.
Brimming with cardio equipment, free weights, and professional trainers, Freedom Fitness helps people achieve virtually any fitness goal. Clients can maintain a healthy weight with routine exercise or get stronger in the 1,500-square-foot performance center. Here, trainers focus on sport-specific workouts that employ TRX suspension, battling ropes, and punching bags to help athletes jump higher and run faster.
While both the Cave Creek and Troon locations offer fitness classes, equipment, and personal training services, some of the amenities differ. The Cave Creek location has a childcare center, and the Troon location stays open 24 hours a day.
Giant Strides Fitness’ owner, Danielle Shaw, defines what it means to be an athlete. As a player, she competed in collegiate and professional soccer. As a leader, she held the title of assistant coach for the NC State Wolfpack soccer team. In her spare time, she has completed 10 marathons, and she coaches athletes at Giant Strides. She leads fitness programs that include boot camps and workouts that focus on specific body parts. She also specializes in marathon training and running programs to prepare clients for other events such as 5K and 10K runs.
Don't expect to find treadmills, ellipticals, or weightlifting machines at Gauntlet CrossFit. The gym's certified instructors eschew traditional workout equipment, instead opting to run their students through?you guessed it?a gauntlet of kettlebell lifts and medicine-ball tosses. The exercises are inspired by functional movements and designed to boost endurance, tone core muscles, and enhance the body's ability to crash through brick walls.