No men, no makeup, no mirrors. It’s a pretty stringent philosophy, but it’s one that’s helped members of the Curves community since 1992. Part fitness center, part support group, Curves is a women’s only club that takes a streamlined approach to health, fitness, and weight loss. Full-body, 30-minute workouts combine strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and stretching into calorie-torching sessions, enhanced further by the Curves Complete Program. The program, available at an extra fee, supplements efforts at the gym with personalized meal plans and weekly one-on-one meetings with a certified Curves coach. Outside the facility, members and non-members alike can purchase a variety of Curves products, from workout apparel and accessories to the protein powders and vitamins used to build strength or distract people from all of the caterpillars in your medicine cabinet.
More than 20 years into a career in the fitness industry, RDA owner Rob knows he's in the right field. His passion for helping people realize their full potential is actually why he founded the center. "Allow us," he asks on his website, "to be part of your journey toward a healthier, happier life." A community- and family-oriented gym, RDA is where group fitness and independent workouts are equal partners in success. Free morning childcare services don't hurt, either.
The facility is stocked with everything to help exercisers reach their goals, including treadmills that face floor-to-ceiling windows and certified trainers who help lead the way in 15- or 30-minute sessions. Spacious studios also host a packed schedule of mostly 60-minute classes that help participants get fit and still have enough time to name each of their new ab muscles.
Sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to go to the gym?especially when you're comfy on the couch and there's a good movie on TV. Enter Retro Fitness's Cardio Movie Theater, which screens movies from the last few decades in a room equipped with tons of cardio machines. If movies aren't your thing, other areas of the gyms have treadmills with DirecTV and iPod capabilities, stationary bikes with internet connections, and free weights you can pretend are microphones and sing into.
These high-tech touches have helped Retro Fitness become a national phenomenon, with more than 100 locations across the country and an appearance on?Undercover Boss. In addition to countless machines, the gyms boast personal trainers, cross training, and a schedule of group classes. Before working out, members can hit the pro shop for Under Armour gear, workout gloves, and other accessories; afterward, they can replenish their bodies with protein-infused smoothies from the Retro Blends smoothie bar.
Registered Dietitian Lori R. Lee and certified personal trainer Bob Lee's marriage resulted in more than a family: it produced a business that united fitness and nutrition. The couple has spent a combined 40 years working in the wellness industry. Clients at The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey experience the sum total of their experience, knowledge, and desire to share both at this facility recently reestablished for women only.
The center's staff of experts teach 30 small group classes per week including Pilates and yoga geared toward clients ranging in age from teens to mature adults. In addition to their Reader's-Choice award-winning workouts, certified exercise specialists guide novice and experienced athletes through injury or post-injury rehabilitation exercises or assist teens and adults with management of chronic pain and overall body conditioning. Lori herself uses the science she learned as a Registered Dietitian to help clients reboot their diets. She reminds them that, "You are what you eat, except you never grow chicken wings."
Nitro Cycle specializes in indoor cycling, but its stationary bikes suffer from a seemingly fatal flaw—they aren’t stationary. Instead, the RealRyder cycles move from side to side like their real-world counterparts, leaning into turns and tilting as riders pedal. The extra motion ensures that workouts engage and tighten core-stabilizing muscles, rather than just the legs. As students sweat, instructors combat workout boredom with black lights, high-energy music, and simulated adventures on dynamic terrain, such as riding down a mountainside or mounting your exercise bike onto a moving train.
Balance is key at Sweat Fitness Club. The gym's trainers believe that the most effective way to improve an individual's quality of life is by adopting a holistic approach that emphasizes mental conditioning as well as physical exercise. This approach is evident in the training regimens that the staff members devise for their clients, which can include some combination of cardio work, strength training, and nutritional guidance depending on a person's individual needs and goals. Group fitness classes?including everything from yoga and Zumba to interval training that combines calisthenics with body-weight exercises?help members make progress toward these goals. For elite-level members, the gym offers even more specialized classes, such as TRX High Intensity Interval Training, spinning classes, Sweat Fit, DVRT, and Barre. Individual workouts are always an option at Sweat Fitness Club. The gym gives members access to a facility brimming with free weights and brand-name exercise equipment as well as outdoor turf and 4,000 square feet of indoor turf complete with artificial dandelions.