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 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.
In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.
More than 40 years ago, workout guru Joe Gold embarked on his quest to launch exercisers toward their physical-fitness goals by opening a small studio in Venice Beach, California. Today, that studio has since expanded into a worldwide fitness empire comprising 600 locations that share Joe's passion for reshaping bodies and minds through expert training and self-empowerment.
Dodging, weaving, and jabbing may be three fundamental boxing techniques, but they also provide a physically engaging workout even without an opponent in the ring. This is the philosophy of The Hiit Club, which combines boxing techniques with resistance training and body-weight exercises to create a full-body workout regimen that can help students prepare for boxing competitions or simply bolster their stamina, strength, agility and speed over time. In addition to group classes for varying age levels, The Hiit Club also offers personal training sessions and open-gym times, which allow visitors to practice with the weights and heavy bags, as well as improve their physical fitness while learning practical self-defense skills.
Located on the grounds of The House Modesto church, The House Fitness gives members a place where they can focus on their physical and spiritual health. The recently revamped 10,000 square-foot gym features ample free weights, cardio equipment, two racquetball courts, and space for group fitness classes, as well as an up-to-date cardio theater system that projects sermons from the church's pastor in addition to popular programming. Other amenities include spacious new lockers rooms, and a childcare center where exercisers can drop off their kids or favorite iguana.
A busy schedule can make it tough to find time to exercise. Aspen Fitness offers a solution: 24-hour gym access that allows members to work out at whatever time works with their schedules. Members can burn calories on the center's ellipticals, spinner bikes, and other training apparatus, or build sculpted muscles with the free weights. If desired, the center's friendly, supportive personal trainers help to ensure results with weight-training and weight-loss programs. A few other membership perks include 24-hour security, private restrooms, and onsite tanning beds.