At Curves, exercisers of all fitness levels 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 machine-maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks, filling medicine balls with medicine, and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines account for different body weights and fitness levels to create resistance that matches one's abilities, which thereby decreases 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.
Certified and experienced trainers help clients attain their fitness goals through individualized programs based on innovative fitness techniques optimized for efficiency, safety, and effectiveness. The staff dispenses cardio and strength moves during one-on-one and semiprivate training sessions and group boot-camp classes. The training studio boasts stationary bikes, free weights, medicine balls, and enough floor space for sprints and distance somersaulting. Personal training and bootcamp focus on overall fitness by combining functional movements, circuit training, body weight exercises, and conditioning drills.
In the 15 years since its founding, Fitness For Her has amassed a well-rounded collection of gym equipment and group classes in an encouraging studio where women jump into routines specifically designed for them. Ladies can work up calorie-burning sweats on cardio equipment, such as treadmills and bikes, as they take in favorite shows beamed in over the TVs or watch for cameo appearances by their favorite numbers on the heart-rate monitors. A weight-training area eases limbs into reps with Cybex machines, free weights, an abdominizer, and a multistation jungle gym to ensure no muscle group starts to feel left out. For a communal foray into fitness, personal trainers spur on groups to shake off calories in Zumba and Cardio Pilates classes, kindling a full-body burn in the aerobics studio. Postexercise, up to 10 weary frames can sweat out excess toxins or barbells lodged in pores in the dry-heat sauna. With senior classes, membership discounts for mother-daughter pairs, and free childcare services, the gym welcomes women at every stage of their sojourns into healthy living.
The staff at Omni Health and Fitness Center works to make the gym a one-stop shop for its members' fitness needs. The club's impressive inventory aids in this pursuit, with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Life Fitness. Parents can drop their youngsters off at the kids' zone or children's nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, which, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gym's trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one workouts as well as group fitness classes such as Pilates and Body Pump. After exercising, members can refuel at the juice bar.
Zumba Fitness' Jennifer El-Abbadi isn't just a Zumba exercise instructor; she's also one of the sport's greatest success stories. A mother of three, she's lost 90 pounds since first incorporating the workouts into her weekly routine in 2008. Inspired by this success, she became certified by the Zumba Instructor Network a year later, and has since launched several fitness-focused charity events, including a Zumbathon for breast-cancer awareness. Suitable for participants aged 13 and older, her standard Zumba sessions feature easy-to-follow moves inspired by Latin dances such as the salsa and merengue, creating high-octane workouts that torch calories and melt stress faster than a jacuzzi filled with chamomile tea.
Instructors weave through the forest of punching bags at Elite Fitness & Self Defense, guiding students through strikes, footwork, and energetic exercises. The seasoned trainers offer a sweeping range of martial-arts classes for students of all ages, from Muay Thai to MMA to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They also lead a variety of more fitness-focused courses, including Elite Fit competitive sports training and Bag Blast—an energetic fusion of cardio, kickboxing, and MMA exercises. The Kids Confidence class teaches children ages 7 and up to feel confident and empowered through a positive approach that promotes respect, self-discipline, team building, and fitness.