As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At RhythmCycle, exercisers pedal on modern stationary bikes in sync to a soundtrack of dance- and pop-music beats. Riders only sit for approximately 10 percent of the time during classes, with workouts that target the thighs, glutes, and hamstrings and jump-start the metabolism. They can also be adapted to the fitness level of each student, which means the classes are appropriate whether you're ready to complete the Tour de France or struggling to finish your paper route before the writing staff makes up more news.
The instructors lead students through Bikram yoga's 26 challenging poses and two breathing exercises in a heated room, which helps purge the body of toxins and allows limbs to sink deeply into stretches. Within a studio heated to more than 100 degrees, students flow through poses that strengthen and stretch muscles, ligaments, and joints. Each posture is designed to work muscle groups needed for the next pose, building a series of interconnected movements. By temporarily decreasing blood flow to specific areas of the body, the poses send in a rush of freshly oxygenated blood to joints, organs, and limbs when yogis unfold from folds and twists, unblocking the tiny traffic jams of hemoglobin. Most yoga classes are 90 minutes long, and most studios offer flexible early morning and evening classes. Visit the individual studios' websites to see their schedules.
Fit Body Club specializes in fun, dynamic, energetic indoor boot camps that use resistance training to help clients burn calories, shed fat, and sculpt their physiques. Boot camps include motivation and accountability in a nonintimidating atmosphere, ensuring members never feel as if they’re in a military boot camp or the final round of a championship-series staring contest.
Equipment: FreeMotion machines, exercise bands, kettlebells, medicine balls, TRX equipment, dumbbells
Students should bring: Bring a towel and a water bottle, if you like. We also have a water cooler.
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
The bright red "DANCE" sign that glows above Abby Bella Dance Studio lures clients into its lilac-hue confines. Once inside, visitors can follow more than 25 instructors through a range of dance styles including ballet, Zumba, and salsa. The energetic space has earned a handful of segments on ABC15 for its all-inclusive policy that encompasses adults of any age or fitness level. Scheduled classes range from the muscle-toning moves of the studio's signature Bella Barre to sessions of Glee Cardio Dance, which fuels dance steps with bubbly pop songs taken straight from the obscure European miniseries of the same name.