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.
Kathleen King of King Studio believes that fitness and nutritional training alone cannot transform a person’s life—that training must be complemented by a change in everyday behaviors. That’s why her studio focuses not only on exercise and healthy eating but also on teaching clients how to change their negative lifestyle habits, such as failing to get enough sleep, being a couch potato, and recreationally contracting common colds.
In addition to the rows of Pilates reformers and free weights, King stocks her studio with revolutionary TRX suspension bands that hang from the ceilings, earning herself a feature on ABC 4's Good Things Utah. With these dangling straps, she lets gravity and natural body weight do the work during functional workouts that aim to bolster core muscles, stability, and flexibility. She also captains a team of instructors, who help lead personal-training sessions, women’s karate classes, ballroom-dance lessons, and open dance parties within the hardwood-floored studio.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
SLC Fit Collective, founded by fitness guru Carrie Cox, focuses on women's athleticism and well-being. The six instructors, including Carrie herself, lead a combination of boot-camp, dance, and martial arts classes. They keep classes small—no more than 15 students in each—so they can dole out plenty of personal attention. The exercises work to carve long and lean muscle, but also emphasize building confidence in one's own strength and abilities.
Phenix Athletics aims to get bodies in better shape and help clients achieve their fitness goals. Its coaches focus on each individual, ensuring workouts are tailored to fit specific needs through one-on-one instruction and group sessions. Group classes challenge bodies with Olympic weightlifting mechanics and crossfit workouts. During yoga classes, students stretch with a series of poses to calm their minds and build lean muscles.