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.
The people who own the equipment at IThinkFit Gym are the same people who'll train you on it. Because they're the owners, the IThinkFit Gym trainers are invested not only in the 11,000-square-foot facility, but also in the results that come out of it. During one-on-one or small-group training sessions, they teach students about proper exercise techniques and healthy nutrition. Their intention is to educate and empower students, equipping them with the tools they need to achieve their fitness goals.
Voted Best Yoga Studio in 2010 by The Reader's Best of the Big O, One Tree Yoga's 20 experienced instructors lead students through a massive schedule of up to 66 weekly classes, covering styles including Bikram, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and Ashtanga. Beginners bask in the yoga basics class, which walks enlightenment seekers through traditional yoga poses, alignment, and the art of breathing while impersonating their nasal co-workers. Yin yoga classes pamper the connective tissues by focusing on long holds in seated or reclined positions, and expectant mothers can mellow their physical and emotional states during pre-natal yoga classes. The all-levels Vinyasa class helps pupils to master breathing exercises and traditional hatha stretches, and the 26-pose Bikram yoga class transpires in a heated room that promotes flexibility and deep cleansing, as well as causing any marshmallows smuggled into the studio to double in size.
Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping classes combine cardio, resistance training, discipline, and nutrition to recast soft musculatures as hardened versions of their former selves. Refined over the last 22 years by tae kwon do competitor and teacher Lance Farrell, the 45-minute group classes are led by a certified instructor that will help shed pounds and build muscle mass regardless of race, sex, age, size, or astrological sign. Similar to the mating ritual of the blue-footed booby, fitness kickboxing combines rhythmic martial arts and bag training, to send hearts racing into a vigorous sweat. Keep the body guessing with a pop quizzes in resistance-band training and muscle isolation, which is beneficial for all fitness levels.
The brainchild of Mark Sullivan, the former Mr. Nebraska and Mr. Central States, Personalized Fitness provides custom fitness and nutrition programs to individuals, couples, and small groups. With eight small-group cross- training sessions, you'll submit yourself to a rigorous two-week program of cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strengthening, endurance building, and extreme nostril flaring. The small class size ensures close, personal attention. An initial free consultation will assess your particular needs and goals and then plot a roadmap to them that allows for frequent stops to see giant balls of twine. One-hour sessions are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. On Saturdays, they're offered at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
Kosama's eight-week Complete Body Transformation program embraces the power of variety, perplexing muscles with six distinct workouts throughout each week. The combined conditioning effects of kettlebell swings, kickboxing jabs, and yoga poses, among other exercises, banish calories as they streamline the body "from the core out" during group sessions. Instructors take an all-inclusive approach to health, building physical strength, mental focus, and wholesome eating habits such as adding a parsley garnish to Cadbury-creme omelets. They welcome participants of every age and build to their many Kosama locations.