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.
Harris Optimum Fitness works to bring programs to you, where you are, when its convenient for your busy schedule. Located all around the Sandy Springs and Perimeter area of Atlanta, we provide opportunities to help you get your recommended exercise for the day, relieve some workday stress, and keep you healthy. Through
Atlanta Fitness Diva could be described as "girly" because of its pink walls and pink exercise bikes, or because of its exercise programs designed specifically for women. In the fun, welcoming, and women's-only environment, owner Pamela Molinari motivates gals of all ages, shapes, and sizes to burn calories and build muscles—but not bulky mass—through accessible training regimens. She calls upon on her more than two decades of experience as a female personal trainer as she leads fitness regimens designed to sculpt curves and burn off the often hard-to-lose pounds. In intimate training sessions and group classes, she and her team focus more on inspiring ladies to feel healthy, rather than slipping back into their elementary school snowsuits.
In the eight years that Jay Broxton has worked in the fitness industry, he's trained people from all walks of life—from young kids to professional athletes and celebrities, including Kansas City starter Tank Tyler and newscaster Pam Oliver. Backed by a personal-training certification and a lifetime of athletic experience, Jay captains his own fitness program—Body That Works—where he joins fellow fitness instructors to lead clients though comprehensive boot-camp or personal-training workouts that combine cardio with strength-training and TRX-training techniques. Committed to battling youth obesity, Jay also conducts a variety of youth athletic training programs designed to prepare students for upcoming athletic seasons or full-contact chess tournaments.
With a resume that includes ballet and rock-climbing experience, Amber Monson took naturally to the graceful art of aerial silks. She founded Sky Gym as a place to train herself and others in her most beloved pastime, and ultimately, her venture paid off.
When she's not training and performing with other aerialists all over the world—including some from Cirque du Soleil—she passes on her skills to new students, helping them discover new levels of strength and grace. Besides aerial silks, she keeps students elevated with classes such as trapeze, sky yoga, and lyra—a ceiling-mounted hoop in which students spin after being dunked by their favorite NBA player. “I can’t decide which is more fulfilling to me, performing aerial or teaching it," she says on her website. Nonetheless, she continues,"I am incredibly grateful to my students and my trainers for allowing to make aerial dance my life."
Marty P. Hill, bit by the boxing bug at age 25, started training and fighting while balancing a full-time job in corporate America. When a severe shoulder and back injury sidelined his competitive career he refused to leave the game, instead earning his training certification from USA Boxing and he now helps others get in fighting condition at Sweet Science Fitness. Here, he and his trainers proffer pugilistic skills in the form of one-on-one sessions, small-group classes, and group cardio sessions that eschew contact in the ring.
Along with forging stronger bodies and faster metabolisms, Marty’s workouts help boost fast-twitch-muscle development and improve hand-eye coordination, which comes in handy when defending yourself from the shadow that’s always following you. Having overcome his injuries, Marty can now often be found training alongside his students, and is competing in the 35-and-over level of USA Boxing’s Masters division.