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.
In establishing Onelife Fitness, its founders aimed to "inspire people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels," with the mindset that we each have only one life, and hence one chance to treat our bodies well. Thus a fitness program was created that can both challenge athletes and serve as a non-intimidating introduction to those hoping to get fit or lose weight. Certified personal trainers are on hand, ready to help each individual learn the tools necessary to maximize their workouts. These pros also lead a huge range of classes?including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills programs such as Bodypump?throughout the week, transforming fitness into a convivial activity in the process.
Having learned the ways of martial arts under seventh- and eighth-degree black-belt masters, Sparring World Champion Sandy Petitto took her talents and winning attitude to Newport News. At Petitto's Black Belt Academy, she's trained some of the nation's top students, as well as the nation's top instructors. In karate classes for kids, and martial-arts, taekwondo, karate and krav maga classes for men and women, students learn self-confidence and gain toned bodies and minds as they master punches and kicks. Xtreme Martial Arts courses fuse martial arts with acrobatics and aerobics, preparing fighters for surprise bouts with Mary Lou Retton, and American Taekwondo Association Combat Self-Defense programs turn the tables on assailants, as students learn to maximize their instincts.
Soft waterfall lighting floods Zenya Yoga & Massage Studio's space, a holistic repository of all things relaxing. Light music skirts the earth-toned walls as a fleet of yogis guides students of all skill levels through a variety of yoga classes, including gentle flow, anusara and prenatal, using hands-on guidance to provide slight postural adjustments, easing beginners into complex poses, and ramping up the challenge for seasoned practitioners. Amber bamboo flooring meanders through the center, undergirding private rooms that house pampering body-therapy sessions that range from honey facials and body polishes to deep-tissue and Thai massage.
Snap Fitness, ranked as one of the top-50 franchises in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine, provides fledgling fitnessers with a sparkling, spacious facility outfitted with top-of-the-line equipment, including an abundance of high-end cardio machines, free weights, and strength-training gizmos. Fight flab and up muscle morale with three personal-training sessions and a 45-minute fitness assessment, all led by certified trainers who assess and give you guidance on how to address your fitness goals. Reap the benefits of personal attention as you and a personal trainer tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or simply unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines once and for all. Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard.
Designed to meet the five pillars of optimum fitness—cardio, resistance training, food intake, vitamins, and professional assistance—Total Fitness helps elite athletes and couch potatoes alike achieve their health and weight-loss goals. Personalized-training sessions are the mainstay of the program, with certified trainers designing fitness plans that cater to each individual’s goals and abilities. Athletes wanting to improve their performance in a specific sport—or even a specific position—can enroll in Sports Strength Camp or boot camps.