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 to 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.
Grabbing second place in the St. Augustine Record’s Best of 2010 poll, Anastasia Athletic Club jump-starts health and wellness routines with and award-winning array of modern workout routines. Equipped with one-month pass, exercisers pump up pulse rates on cardio equipment and pin-loaded resistance machines from Cybex and Ground Zero. Decamp to a separate free-weight room, where iron pumpers build biceps with curls, construct quads through squat sequences, or tape Kick Me signs to the back of unsuspecting dumbbells.
To take a cue from Spock, there are a number of coolly rational reasons to prefer the workouts at CrossFit Vulcan. First, the system stresses variation, ensuring the workouts don't become repetitive and dull. Besides that, CrossFit is adaptable; trainers can easily alter routines to make them suitable for students of all ages and fitness levels. And of course, it helps that every student takes an introductory course on the fundamentals of the technique before beginning, since that means everyone in the class is prepared for what's to come. But setting aside all those logical reasons for liking CrossFit, the system also has a visceral appeal. Listen in on a class and you may hear everything from grunts and laughter to sighs of relief and ululation.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.
No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It's a philosophy that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part community center, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Curves has teamed up with health and fitness coach Jillian Michaels to develop full-body, 30-minute workouts that kick-start weight loss, combining strength training, cardio, and stretching into sessions that torch fat, build strength, boost intensity, and prevent plateaus. These workouts are enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program, available for an extra fee, which is rooted in Curves' method for effective weight loss in that it supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach.
The trainers behind LevelUp Fitness eschew repetitive, dull workout sessions for a constantly changing routine of engaging exercises to help patrons of all fitness levels look and feel like they could wrestle an alligator into submission. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they steer patrons away from weight machines, instead challenging them with new physical tasks performed in unexpected durations. They tailor routines to each client's fitness goals, helping them trim pounds, increase muscle mass, or train for a 5K on the moon. For group sweat sessions, patrons can enlist in boot camp, in which the trainers push them toward fitness with intense, constantly varying exercise regimens focused on cardio and strength training.