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.
Housed in a 3,300-square-foot facility bedecked in comforting hues of lime green, white, and blue, Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy is an ideal place to extend the limbs, tauten the muscles, and purify the mind-matter. With an expansive class schedule led by a brood of friendly instructors, fitness enthusiasts looking to create creek-crossing backbend-bridges have one month of unlimited access to an assortment of yoga sessions, including Ashtanga and power flow, as well as any level of Pilates mat courses. Customers seeking solid cores can undertake the mat class for a challenging workout that uses the body as resistance against the tyrannical polished floor below, while a tender-footed yogi may wish to instigate more spiritual stress destruction in the basics yoga course, where an instructor leads a tranquil journey through breathing exercises and signature backbends and inversions.
Started 14 years ago, Knuckle Up Fitness has grown into one of the largest fitness and mixed martial arts clubs in the Southeast. And there’s a reason for this gym’s popularity—KnuckleUp welcomes everybody, from professional fighters to absolute beginners, and employs top-notch instructors who’ve competed in hundreds of bouts. They also have a mission to inspire members who may be bored by tradition fitness regimes to commit to exercising and achieve their fitness goals by offering alternative fitness options.
Each of KnuckleUp’s three locations have more than 1,000 square feet of grappling mats, a regulation-size boxing ring, and plenty of heavy, speed, and uppercut bags for pummeling. There are also free weight areas, equipped with Life Fitness and Hammer Strength Nautilus machines, where clients can strength-train at their own pace. Skilled instructors lead classes in boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kali, and MMA, to help members get into and stay into fighting form, as well as learn to compete for titles and gain self-confidence. They also offer personal training and programs for kids, to start youth on a path toward self-discipline, physical fitness, and a role in The Karate Kid, Part III.
Losing weight and keeping it off requires more than just a change in diet—it requires a lifestyle change. That's where weight loss consultant and fitness coach Jessica Glenn and her staff come in. Together, they shepherd clients down the road to wellness with a range of fitness packages. The Lifestyle Changer Plan, for example, doles out a full-scale assault on excess pounds with meal plans designed for each client, 12 personal training sessions to instill effective workout routines, and regular weigh-ins. The personal trainers and dietitians man the phones around the clock, helping clients stave off late-night cravings, or answering questions about the healthiest possible way to host a food fight.
Emily and Dustin Napier have many shared loves—including their fitness studio: Get Fit Now. Both Emily and Dustin are personal trainers and weight-loss specialists who channel their expertise into fast-paced, fat-burning workouts. The Get Fit Now instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals and lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training. They keep sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. The 45-minute sessions eschew typical machines, such as treadmills and tricycles. Instead, they center on more whimsical fitness tools, such as trampolines. Instructors provide nutritional guidance and personalized meal plans complement the workouts to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their fitness goals.