Kathy Stewart-Bronson is a clinical exercise specialist, Titleist-certified golf fitness professional, and licensed massage therapist. Jennifer Beeler is a certified personal trainer with specializations in TRX and nutritional counseling. The women spend their workdays inside Ultimate Fitness, dispensing personal-training sessions that benefit beginners, athletes, and post-surgical patients. Kathy also helps golfers perfect their swing during a 9- to 12-week program, and offers massages for pain management.
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, 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.
After suffering from a back injury, former dancer and athletic fitness guru Elise Moore discovered Pilates during her rehabilitation. Her love for the exercise form continued to flourish even after she felt better, inspiring her to open her own studio where she could put her Pilates certification and 20-plus years in the fitness industry to good use leading group mat and reformer classes.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Students should bring: Water bottle
Average class length: 60-90 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: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Everyone smiles here.
When Jay Martin started the Lifeforce Fitness Project in 2006, he imagined it as a yoga studio. But it turned out to be so much more. Jay began to blend cross-training into his yoga classes, adding strength training and cardiovascular exercises into routines that utilized Vinyasa sequences, balance work, and inverted poses. The result was a whole new kind of workout that Jay came to call "Lifeforce Fit". Today, he still teaches traditional hatha yoga classes, but his Lifeforce Fit classes remain the most popular since it blends the physical and mental benefits of several disciplines into one workout, like a relay race with a spelling component.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.