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.
Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club prioritizes support and courtesy over the kind of cutthroat competition seen in pro sports and suburban landscaping. This attitude is a constant across the diverse curriculum of group fitness classes, which includes Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates, and spinning sessions. During Drums Alive, students beat elevated stability balls with drumsticks, participating in a safer percussive cardio workout than catching a medicine ball with the double-sided tape on your face. For one-on-one routines, certified personal trainers draft plans to suit clients' fitness and nutrition goals. They balance encouragement with expertise and use the club's exercise equipment to lead patrons from stationary cycles to free weights and strength machinery.
Visitors can supplement their reps with facials, reflexology treatments, or waxing at the onsite spa. The kids' club allows exercising parents to leave their children playing games and watching Dora the Explorer instead of playing hot potato with the massage therapist's hot stones.
CrossFit South River's coaches liken their system to a kid's time on the playground. They motivate their students to shimmy up ropes, sway from gymnastics rings, and play games of toss-back with medicine balls. These are just a few of the engaging exercises that fill out the CrossFit method. All the exercises condition participants with functional movements, prepping them to excel at sports, physical work tasks, and everyday activities. Routines are switched up every day, too, to keep everyone interested while bolstering their cross-training prowess. To ensure everyone can succeed, they can scale the workouts to suit any age and fitness level, and offer an optional fundamentals class in which first-timers can learn safety measures and proper technique.
The 60,000 square feet of space at South River Fitness is divvied up between cardio and weight-training equipment and classrooms for Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes. But the amenities don't stop there--an on-site day care keeps watch over members? kids and sensitive houseplants during workouts, while an organic smoothie bar refuels guests post-workout.
Trainer Jacob Bedard knows that an active lifestyle doesn't come naturally to everyone—he confesses to having lived a sedentary life throughout his high-school days. After graduation, he discovered the positive effects that fitness and proper nutrition had on his life and dedicated himself to helping others lead healthier lives as well. At GroupFit Boot Camp, Jacob motivates his clients to reach their fitness goals through a results-oriented program featuring workouts that change daily, a process that maximizes impact by keeping muscles confused. These outdoor boot-camp sessions are designed to suit clients of all ages and abilities—from those who want to shed a few vanity pounds to those looking to lose some serious weight—and may include resistance training, core-strengthening exercises, and cardio. To help his clients keep up a healthier lifestyle outside of camp, he also posts workouts that can easily be done at home and maintains a comprehensive online nutrition program.
Emily and Philip Vendemmia look after their students by wrangling a massive schedule of more than 72 classes per week spread over three locations. Bolstered by a strong team of certified Bikram yoga instructors, the duo guides students through Bikram’s 90-minute routine, consisting of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Instructors crank each studio’s practice space to a hot and humid 105 degrees to help pupils’ muscles safely sink into deep, healing stretches and purge harmful toxins from the body. Each of the standing and seated poses is designed to work every muscle, ligament, and joint while sending freshly oxygenated vampire food to the organs to help support health and fitness.