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 and 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.
Steve Orlando founded My Way Fitness 24/7 to help his local community to tone muscles and improve overall health through personal workouts, classes, and nutritional guidance. His team of trainers strolls through the 4,000-square-foot weight room and cardio area, granting new members their undivided attention during complimentary personal-training sessions that maximize fitness results without the use of dark magic. Inside newly completed classrooms with tall, plum-colored walls, certified instructors help patrons to sleeken silhouettes and clear busy minds with fun Zumba choreography or a variety of body-stretching poses during yoga.
Nutritional counselors teach patrons to decipher their body's dietary demands and implement safe and effective eating habits. Steve allows the doors to hang open 24 hours a day, and the facility's IHRSA membership affords members access to any other IHRSA gym⎯a benefit when trying to maintain fitness routines during vacations or long-distance fast-food runs.
The team of passionate and certified personal trainers at Vibe Fit Club works with each of their clients to craft a personalized fitness and nutrition plan to help them achieve total wellness. Their philosophy is grounded in an inside-out approach that addresses the underlying causes of fat retention, whether it is due to nutrition, lifestyle behaviors, or a combination of both, such as licking butter sculptures. To help patrons toward their goals, the team combines nutritional programs with high-energy group fitness classes that range from Pilates and core workouts to cycling and personal training classes.
Touting the philosophy that exercise can be fun and empowering, the lovely lady instructors lead classes that sculpt arms by using body weight as resistance, as well as develop flexibility by performing vertical splits. The intimate studio also acts as home for pole-dancing parties complete with a DJ and champagne.
Classes at Sublime Yoga & Wellness encourage all practitioners to calm their minds while challenging their bodies. The studio's six class styles include beginner to advanced options, but each is tailored to meet the student's individual needs. Held at different times seven days a week, the classes enable students to immerse themselves in practices such as gentle vinyasa flow, warming daily flow, and vigorous ashatanga-inspired flow, which coordinates breathing with energetic postures. In its own way, each method has the potential to reduce physical pain and render practitioners more flexible, from their legs to their newly-swiveling necks. The studio also boasts an onsite spa, Infinite Skin & Body Work, where therapists perform services ranging from deep-tissue massage to customized facials.
Many of the yoga classes at Pure Yoga & Fitness are performed in temperatures that exceed 90 degrees. In addition to calling forth a little more sweat the usual, this heat has a hidden agenda; when combined with vinyasa poses, it helps increase muscle mobility and cleanse the body of toxins. Although hot yoga classes are the studio's specialty, they're not the only thing on the schedule. The studio hosts pure booty and pure sculpt classes, which both combine yoga, Pilates, and other movements to offer well-rounded workouts. No matter which exercises they choose, clients can always soothe sore muscles and help prevent strains with a massage from the studio's in-house therapist.
Sunder Kaur first discovered yoga on her path to fulfill a lifelong dream: to find her true self. Now, as a certified yoga instructor, she strives to nurture her students' spirits while incorporating the scientific understanding of the human body she gained from her degree in pharmacy. With a friendly demeanor, Sunder and her team of over 30 instructors create a welcoming community as they lead students of all ages and abilities through asanas and breathing exercises that increase strength, flexibility, and balance. They teach these techniques during a variety of classes, including children's, prenatal, and hot yoga. Outdoor classes are available at A Yoga Village's Sunken Gardens location, allowing students to melt away stress while enjoying the fresh air. To further enrich their students' lives, the staff leads specialized workshops that emphasize meditation or improving household communication with storytelling, song singing, and game playing. These dedicated instructors also push budding yogis along the same noble path down which they boldly trod during teacher-training courses.