As they enter the training circuit 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. Thirty seconds 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.
The instructors of ESB Lacrosse lead clinics, camps, and leagues with one purpose: helping young players strengthen their acumen on the field of play. The instructors' lesson plans and drills help acclimate new players to the game by teaching solid fundamentals including how to win a face-off and how to recognize when an opposing team has secretly subbed in a polar bear. Lacrosse players with a few seasons under their belts also can learn new techniques to propel their game to a new level of competition, helping them enter tougher leagues or begin a collegiate career.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Fitness Quest Health Club, a full-service gym and personal-training studio, lays out a buffet of fitness services and equipment for gussying up musculatures. Exercisers respond to the beckoning of the strength room, cardio room, and super circuit-training room depending upon mood and muscular condition. The gym's personal trainers work closely with clients to bolster fitness routines, sharing advice on training techniques and which species of buffalo is most receptive to bench pressing. Boot-camp classes channel military training techniques to send trainees of all fitness levels on a cardiovascular and strength-boosting adventure. The group setting creates a supportive environment where participants can meet fellow strivers willing to back them up at break-dance rumbles.
Identical twins Kristie and Michelle put their heads, biceps, and 24 years of personal-training experience together to found Twin Fitness. Their nutrition-science education and professional experience in IFBB competition qualifies them to lead their clients to sturdier health and firmer physiques. Each program, overseen by one of the twins or their certified staff, kicks off with body-fat testing, a fitness evaluation, and a one-on-one goal-setting session to plot a training course and draft a map indicating where to bury all their junk food. Workout routines vary, incorporating dumbbells, target mitts, Bosu balls, and cardio work, performed outdoors whenever possible.
The studio's instructors excel both in giving one-on-one guidance and in forming motivating communities in small group classes of three to five people. Along the way, they recommend a menu of healthy meals and slimming television shows to supplement each trainee's fitness regimen.
Whether clients want to change the way they look, live healthier, or recover from an injury, Experience Fitness's nationally certified trainers work tirelessly to aid them in their transformations. In addition to personal-training sessions, they specialize in small-group training, all of which are geared toward each person's goals and informed by comprehensive fitness exams and a health-history analysis.
Within the bright-blue confines of the gym, the trainers also lead group classes such as Fight Fit, a high-intensity martial-arts and boxing-inspired workout. In boot-camp sessions, they call upon everything from TRX suspension bands to kickboxing bags to keep bodies from getting bored and wandering off midworkout. Their Kid Fit classes use age-appropriate approaches to help kids as young as 6 years old kindle a lifelong love for fitness.