As they enter the training circle 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. One minute 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.
More than 40 years ago, workout guru Joe Gold embarked on his quest to launch exercisers toward their physical-fitness goals by opening a small studio in Venice Beach, California. Today, that studio has since expanded into a worldwide fitness empire comprising 600 locations that share Joe's passion for reshaping bodies and minds through expert training and self-empowerment.
Basketball on Monday, racquetball on Tuesday, Zumba on Wednesday, swimming on Thursday, weight lifting on Friday, and a weekend of relaxing in the Jacuzzi. There's even an indoor-outdoor swimming pool open during winter and summer months, thanks to a convertible roof that facilitates year-round frolics. This could be an entry in a PE teacher's dream journal or a routine visit to Modesto Court Room Fitness. Its 35,000-square-foot gym has been shaking up workout regimens for 35 years.
Members climb aboard weight machines and cardio equipment under the watchful eye of a personal-training staff or jettison calories alongside peers in group classes. Two aerobics studios host classes such as body pump, yoga, boot camp, cycling, and Zumba or special sessions where guests tone on Pilates reformers. Patrons cross rackets on one of eight racquetball courts or drench a sweatband during pick-up games of full-court basketball.
The personal part of "personal training" at Core Fitness doesn't just refer to the studio's individual and small-group class sizes; it's also a statement about the studio's quality of instruction. Without resorting to cookie-cutter gym methods, its trainers take students through a blend of exercises drawn from Pilates, TRX suspension training, boot camps, and other approaches to fitness. Because Core Fitness keeps class sizes limited, students get the benefit of personalized lessons, and instructors don't have to rely on signal fires to explain each new exercise.
Get Fit Guaranteed’s Vickie Montgomery leads yoga flow classes perfectly suited to students of all experience levels. The slow-moving, intense sequence of asanas strengthens muscles, improves flexibility, and helps relieve mental tension with each pose transition. Each 50-minute session provides each limb with ample time for flexion, and the peaceful, spacious studio permits freedom of movement and eliminates embarrassing accidental high fives. Yoga classes are held Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Students are encouraged to bring their own mats.