24/7 Health & Fitness Center equips members with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, Zumba classes, and the opportunity to work out at all hours of the day. Kettlebells and dumbbells sit neatly organized, and an array of strength-training machines utilize pulleys and levers to help gym-goers build lean muscle. Stationary bicycles, treadmills, and elliptical machines get legs and endorphins pumping, creating the perfect training circuit for upcoming marathons or city-council races.
Guided by the spiritual tenets of mindfulness, MindBody Health's owner, director, and teacher Diane Barnes watches over a spiritual sanctuary in her studio. In the Three Hours of Bliss renewal retreat, minds and bodies withdraw from the stressors of everyday life, focusing on the present moment and casting aside worries of morning traffic, speeding tickets, and upcoming mail-fraud trials. Because every mind and body is different, the theme and focus of every session depends on the needs of its participants—though each remains rooted in the spirit of mindfulness and balance within the individual. Previous and planned retreats include Learning to Let Go and Mindful Eating. Holding the highest of yoga training and education, Diane leads a supportive, disciplined classroom, strengthening her students' minds while expelling stress, tension, and chronic spit ballers.
9Round fitness centers eschew complicated machines or trendy aerobics for old-fashioned boxing and kickboxing circuits, which gym-goers complete in 30 minutes. With a focus on building strength, stamina, and core power, each circuit incorporates dumbbells, kettle bells, medicine balls, heavy bags, and jump ropes and is overseen by a trainer to keep clients motivated. The gym is open six days per week, and new rounds start every three minutes to accommodate a variety of schedules.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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.