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.
Kristen Mory, owner of Generations Yoga & Fitness, and her sidekick and business partner Courtney Graham help kids and adults lead healthier lives with their unique classes at the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove. They keep their classes small to give students personal attention while they strike peaceful yoga poses, battle through challenging boot-camp classes, or transform back into mermaids during aquafit classes. Students also receive nutritional advice and personal challenges to help them achieve their goals. They also offer outdoor yoga classes and host adventure retreats and fundraising opportunities to help empower local girls.
When she founded Gulfport Yoga, certified instructor Jen wanted to create a place for people to shed stress. Of course, everyone has different ways of doing so, and that's why she and her team of teachers lead a variety of classes, suitable for practitioners of all skill levels. Beginner-friendly Slow Flow, for instance, covers traditional Vinyasa sequences at a steady pace, while Power Flow provides a challenge ideal for intermediate-level yogis.
Aside from flow sessions, the instructors also lead restorative yoga classes, which incorporate bolsters, blocks, and straps to help participants ease into deep stretches. Meditation factors into the studio's lessons, as well, transporting students into a lucid dream-like state without requiring them to stare at a ceiling fan for an hour.