It’s not uncommon to see large, sweaty men pulling trucks across the asphalt of The Training Center Gym’s parking lot. The gym is not only the training facility for many aspiring strongmen, but also the host of occasional competitions. To prepare athletes of every variety for big events, the staff offers powerlifting, bodybuilding, and sports-training services, plus boxing and boot-camp classes. For exercisers who want to go it alone, the facility stocks a plentitude of free weights and fitness machines from Life Fitness, Precor, Cybex, and Hammer Strength.
As head trainer at CrossFit Riverfront, Gia O'Keefe's presence isn't always eagerly anticipated by her pupils, but she does get them to sweat. During more than 60 classes each week, O'Keefe ond the other RivFit coaches motivate participants through jumping jacks, lifts, jogging, squats, rowing, pushups, sit-ups, kettle bells, and jumping rope. CrossFit Riverfront also offers CrossFit—a high-intensity, whole-body, muscular-endurance workout—as well as yoga, a barbell club, seminars on nutrition and mobility, and classes for kids.
With an aim toward avoiding that moment when you stare at endless rows of weights and cardio equipment and don’t know where to begin, the passionate fitness experts at Studio Fit have assembled a roster of group fitness classes that can help clients achieve their goals. On specialized wood flooring that helps protect knees and feet, students groove during Zumba classes or build muscle and core strength during BodyBlast. Studio Fit regularly updates its schedule with new classes so that clients can always try something new and keep their bodies guessing.
Plexus Fitness manages muscle maintenance with a team of fitness coaches, personalized workout regimens, and sleek exercise machinery. Staffers greet regular health habitués by name as they enter the gym and administer a complimentary bottle of water and soft towel as an omen of the sweat-dabbing to come. New members are entitled to a complimentary personal training session led by one of Plexus's nationally certified fitness coaches, who are trained in anatomy, exercise physiology, and bunsofsteelonomics. Each session focuses on personal wellness, effective exercise execution, and continuous movement techniques. For calisthenicians who wish to remain masters of their own fitness domain, Plexus offers a non-trainer program, in which members can monitor their progress through a personalized, coach-prescribed workout regimen, guided by willpower and the memory of inspirational hugs from personal trainers past. With cardio and strength-training equipment galore, as well as spinning classes offered five days a week, fitness freestylers can devise a routine to suit their physique's preferences.
Lauri Hagan, who operates out of one of Posh Salon and Spa's tall, dark, and sleek styling stations, soaks dried-out locks in the antioxidants, vitamins, and oil extracts of the It's A 10 conditioning mask, which bestows hair with 10 restorative benefits including nourishment, greater smoothness, and untangled knots. During haircuts, Laura's shears mold malleable canvases into delicate face frames and snip off split ends to re-create a guest's beloved look or sculpt a striking new style. Wielding blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons, Laura pretties up new 'do's during a styling that crafts curls, straight strands, or locks as wavy as the fiancée of a sailor setting out from port.
Set in the middle of Wilmington's Trolley Square Shopping Center, Pure Yoga Pilates Studio is a peaceful fitness oasis. With large windows that let in sunlight that spills over the bamboo flooring, this welcoming studio offers classes in Vinyasa- and Hatha-style yoga, along with classic mat Pilates sessions. Certified instructors lead the small group classes, helping students to gain strength and flexibility in a supportive, noncompetitive environment.
Pam Andrews didn't stop setting goals after earning a membership to the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a certification in Red Cross CPR and first aid; she also created her own fitness program based on the principles of Middle Eastern belly dancing. Inside the bright yellow walls of Shake It! Fitness Studio, she and her team of licensed fitness instructors and a nutritional counselor engage exercisers in supportive programs such as group dance-fitness classes. They help students blend different dance-exercise styles, while experimenting with classic fitness methods such as interval training, cross training, and kicking down doors. They demonstrate aerobic choreography amid tropical Latin beats in Zumba Fitness, coordinate simple dance moves with Polynesian drumming and reggae in Hot Hula Fitness, and time belly-dancing moves to a blend of R&B, funk, and soul music in Belly Funk Fitness.