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.
?Movement is life. Mind and body are one.? It is this philosophy that drives Amen Iseghohiin both his fitness regimen and his life. That view comes from two sources: a childhood spent with his grandmother in West Africa, and tires. While his grandmother encouraged perseverance and self-sufficiency, his games with tires helped him develop strength and discipline. And the humble objects still have significance to Amen?they form the basis of the exercises at his gym, AmenZone Fitness.
At the facility's many locations, Amen and his fellow instructors champion the practice of primal training. The unconventional, challenging workout uses natural movements, body weight, and car tires to build endurance and lean muscle.
Armed with various facilities, group classes, and state-of-the-art equipment, 24 Hour Fitness molds amorphous adobe muscles into rock-solid flesh houses. Each location boasts cardio equipment, free weights, a steam room, and group exercise classes so social gym junkies can motivate each other. Group cycling sessions burn calories and increase energy levels, and Latin dance-influenced Zumba classes present a fun, dynamic way to slim meat suits. Before breaking a sweat, check the online schedules for upcoming times.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
By teaching more than 100 classes weekly at two valley locations—Scottsdale and Arrowhead Ranch—True Hot Yoga's instructors make sure clients never have to miss a class. Inside heated rooms, student yogis move through a cycle of poses that strengthen the body, help shed excess weight, and help the mind forget everyday concerns and trivia about the cast of Wings. The tropical temperatures detoxifies bodies and help joints achieve greater flexibility as bodies sweat freely. Classes are designed for everyone from beginner to expert, regardless of flexibility or fitness level.