Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, Curves' machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles, perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo. Customers who wish to continue their membership after the trial will need to pay an enrollment fee of $49 in addition to the monthly rate.
Fitness goals and capabilities can vary greatly from one gym member to the next. With 2,000 square feet of training space featuring everything from kettlebells and suspension trainers to medicine balls and sandbags, Transcend Fitness & Performance Center is capable of catering to all of its members' individual needs while following their guiding principle: help their members feel different, move different, look different, and play different, within a safe and supportive environment.
The trainers perform initial consultations with new members, designing a customized, results-oriented workout regimen intended to help visitors lose weight, build muscle tone, improve performance, and enhance their quality of life. As members progress, these regimens can be adapted to ensure that they're pushing their limits at a safe pace. Semiprivate sessions are available for members seeking more individualized attention in their daily workout, although the gym also hosts group classes that use metabolism-boosting cardio work or strength-building exercises to improve overall fitness.
A basketball court may sound like an unlikely feature at a CrossFit-specific gym, but it shouldn't. After all, the 10 core physical metrics that CrossFit seeks to improve?among them speed, endurance, power, and agility?are all on display during even the most casual pickup game of roundball. Seen this way, the court at Grounded CrossFit is a platform where members can not only warm up with a game of 2-on-2, but also show off the benefits of a long-term commitment to CrossFit. They prepare for every boxout and post-rejection finger wag during the Workout of the Day, an ever-changing lineup of movements designed to push fitness boundaries for every participant. Members can workout six days a week, then get cleaned up in the men's and women's shower facilities to head back out into the world.
With 24-hour access, aerobic and mixed-martial-arts group classes, and well-appointed facilities, Club One Fitness aims to be the ideal backdrop for any workout routine. The schedule of group exercise classes includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Boxers spar with other members or against the gym's stash of weighted bags during boxing classes for adults and tykes, who learn the pugilistic art in an Olympic-sized ring that, according to the Washington Post, "bears no resemblance to the worn, dingy boxing gyms of Hollywood movies, even though some Gold and Silver Gloves fighters, and a few pros, have trained there."
The staff of personal trainers and athletes show new members the ropes with three complimentary orientation sessions sessions; during the first, staffers talk to new members about their workout history and goals, and show them how to use Life Fitness treadmills, LifeCycle exercise bikes, elliptical cross-trainers, and stair climbers. On the second visit, they explain how to use Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength-training and toning equipment. On the third and final visit, staffers give members their own personalized workout program, calibrated to help them reach their goals. From there, members can forge their own fitness paths or buddy up with a personal trainer.
Staffed by trained personnel, the bright and roomy childcare center keeps young ones engaged with toys, a big-screen TV, and a PlayStation. After adults catch their own entertainment in the cardio theater, which projects movies as guests decimate calories, they can relax in the sauna, hop into the tanning beds, or shower off sweat and punching-bag tears.
At Feel Better Fitness, key fobs grant clients 24-hour access to the gym’s facilities. Feel Better purchased all of its gear from the now-defunct Snap Fitness, creating a glorious bodybuilding phoenix out of the old gym’s ashes. Free weights, modern strength-training machines, and cardio equipment from brands such as Cybex and Eagle populate the gym floor, while flat-screen TVs hang from the walls. The staff offers boot camps as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. as well as personal training and nutrition instruction to help guide clients toward their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Kim, the owner of Crofton Bootcamp, hails from Gold’s Gym, where she acted as a personal trainer for students of all ages and fitness levels. With her experience and expertise, she’s put together various boot-camp classes that combine fun, high-energy exercise and targeted fitness routines. During one-hour fitness boot-camp classes, students use dumbbells, resistance bands, medicine balls, and plyometrics to slim their physiques and buff up. Cardio camps keep the blood pumping during outdoor drills (weather permitting), whereas shorter classes, such as the boot-camp, fit challenging and rewarding drills into 30- and 15-minute slots for those short on time. Crofton Bootcamp also offers one-on-one personal training and helps clients attain healthier lifestyles through a nutritional diet.