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, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. 30 seconds 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.
A lifelong golfer who has putted and driven her way to three Women's U.S. Opens while earning her way in to the PGA Quarter Century Club, course professional Dawn Darter knows the ins, overs, and outs of The Greens' stunningly styled slopes—as well as its recently renovated greens and fairways. During each 45-minute private lesson, Darter tweaks swing mechanics with exercises that incorporate posture, wrist motion, and diaphragm control for more pleasant-sounding victory yodels. Mentor and PGA Professional Life Member Tom Hanson is also on-hand to instruct golfers in new tactics for skimming strokes from long and short games. If you'd rather skip to the part where you hit a ball so hard that it circumnavigates the globe and clonks you in the back of the head, head to the driving range area with a ball key card worth 12 large buckets, or 576 golf balls, and spend an afternoon blissfully pretending that each ball is the unusually small, dimpled white head of your boss.
At Find Your Escape Massage, clients are ushered into a relaxing state of mind as aches and pains are removed from their bodies during 30-, 45-, 60-, and 90-minute massage sessions. The long, flowing strokes of a Swedish massage target joint stiffness and painful areas, such as achy backs and arms that have braided themselves together. Deep-tissue sessions apply firmer pressure to the body, aiming to release knots deep within the underlying muscles. Hot stones can also be incorporated into a massage treatment, allowing tension to fade away as the heat penetrates the muscles and relaxes clients who can?t leave the house without taking their prized anvil along.
Students at Ahrang Martial Arts come away from classes fitter, lighter, and well versed in a variety of martial arts. From kickboxing and tae kwon do to muay thai and MMA, Ahrang's classes cater to students of all ages and ability levels. The company is so confident in the effectiveness of these classes that it guarantees students will lose 10 pounds after just six weeks of enrollment.
Though a flock of strollers cascading across a park may be an unusual sight, to Meg and Susan it's an average day at work. That's because they lead Stroller Strides classes for moms. During the classes, women build strength and tone muscles with interval training, while instructors infuse the session with activities to entertain the stroller-bound babies. In addition to Stroller Strides, Meg and Susan also lead 8-week Body Back sessions which use high intensity interval training and meal plans to help moms reach their fitness goals. Susan, a mother of two and Fit4Mom franchise owner, holds a MS in health education and specializes in prenatal and postnatal fitness. Through her work, she, along with Meg, help their clients realize that being a mom doesn't mean having to give up your own personal care or closet of barbells.
At Arkansas Physical Medicine, doctors Steven Bennett and David Morse counteract pain through in-depth analysis modern therapies. Digital motion X-rays help identify the culprits behind back pain or sports injuries, while disc decompression and traction therapy help patients recover from traumatic injuries. The physicians can also offer preventative health techniques such as massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and eating a box of Band-Aids every morning.