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 circle of hydraulic resistance machines 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 machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches 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.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s three-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Plentiful strengthening supplies include circuit sets, plate-loaded barbells, and free weights, and TV-equipped cardio equipment keeps eyes entertained as muscles work. A trio of personal-training sessions under the watchful eye of a certified trainer familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new confidence-boosting dumbbell pals. After a workout, retreat to the sanctuary of private showers and restrooms to freshify your newly sculpted anatomy before leaving with a stronger spring in your step.
Even though he’s armed with an arsenal of up-to-the-minute training and corrective exercise knowledge, Gaines Performance founder Aaron Gaines still puts his trust in the tried-and-true methods of traditional strength training. Solely dedicated to strength training, his studio helps students achieve their fitness and weight loss goals through trusted methods. His private studio allows him to tailor each fitness program he conducts to the needs of his clients, whether they’re seeking post-injury rehab or toning up for driver's license photos.
For personal training, he begins each session with an in-depth interview and health screening to identify areas of weakness, then he plans his programs accordingly. While focusing on proper technique, clients will lift weights from the bench, perform suspension-band-assisted body-weight exercises, and fling around a tractor tire. For a small-group experience, Aaron leads boot camps of no more than eight students.
Brick City Health & Fitness combines exercise with pampering. Personal trainers supervise clients as they pull weighted cables, curl free weights, and work out on machines. For those interested in group training, multiple fitness studios host Zumba, Pilates, and functional fitness classes. But post-workout, the pampering begins. A heated whirlpool and a red-cedar dry sauna help clients relax, and an onsite full-service salon with facials and massages furthers the spa-like experience.
Small class sizes enable nationally-certified trainers to provide students with individualized attention during CrossFit sessions at Live Breathe CrossFit & Wellness Studio. Trainers ensure the correct form is used during weight lifting reps and holds on the gymnastics rings, and watch over trainees swinging kettlebells and hopping up onto wooden boxes. On nice days, workouts move outside, where teams dig their heels in the sand while playing tug o’ war, sprinting across the beach, or pretending to be person-shaped pieces of driftwood. In addition to CrossFit classes, the gym also offers yoga classes that can help improve core strength and flexibility.