Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use participants' own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches 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. Between each weight station lies a recovery board where ladies cool down while walking, jogging, or running in place to keep up momentum. With each workout warrior at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Prestige Fitness, voted Best Gym in 2010 by Arizona Foothills Magazine, plays host to 11 different types of group workout classes each and every week. For a full-body session, try the new TRX suspension course, a gravity-defying workout incorporating ceiling-pinned suspension bands. Or drop in for a total-body conditioning class, which targets every muscle group using 52 workouts, such as squats and push-ups, to work each of the body's 52 different limbs. Hips shake and bellies shimmy in Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes, and legs get limber in turbo kick's hip-hop infused cardio-kickboxing lessons. With a schedule as flexible as the limber instructors' favorite rubber bands, members enjoy access to up to 32 different weekly sessions running from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on most weekdays and some weekends.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a full-body workout that uses the ballet barre to assist clients as they perform small isometric movements and muscle-lengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and Pure Barre soon spread its franchises across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides clients through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. The workouts use small movements to sculpt muscle, as well as lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. Intimate classes with a limit of 25 clients to ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills.
In its mirror-walled, plush-carpeted studio, The Ballet Physique crews its perimeter of ballet barres with a staff that includes lifelong ballerinas and former Rockettes. As high-energy fitness is emphasized over ballet performance, classes are open even to those students with two left feet, discounting racehorses. The studio's namesake class harnesses the barre to work all major muscles, moving at a cardiovascular pace with modifications available for beginners. Other classes home in on particular elements of the workout, with Pump Physique for extra cardio work, Yoga Physique to build core strength and proper alignment, and Ballet Physique Stretch, which supplements the standard Ballet Physique with barre and floor stretches. Pilates Physique works abdominals, back, and butt muscles to the energetic tempo of upbeat pop music, preferable to fitness classes that work on tear-duct strength to the beat of funeral dirges. The entire class schedule is available online, but to use this Groupon students must register via telephone.
Bathed in sunlight and soft hues, Yoga Tree Colorado's calming studio hosts daily classes spanning a handful of yoga traditions. The space draws a stark contrast to the corporate world Lauren Lanford, the studio owner, spent six years working in before turning her energies toward creating her community-oriented yogatorium. Yogis of all abilities hone their strength with vigorous Vinyasa flows, steep their muscles in Hatha's deep, mindful stretches, and sculpt lean physiques in Pilates-inspired classes. A believer in taking a well-rounded approach to wellness, Lanford has curated a staff that includes massage therapists, a chiropractor, a psychotherapist, an acupuncturist, and a nutritionist—a regular holistic who's who from across the medical universe.
As a kid, About Time Fitness founder Dena Stodola learned to appreciate the exercise provided by working on her family’s Wisconsin dairy farm. Since then, she’s been passionate about fitness and About Time Fitness is a physical representation of that passion. Its schedule of classes features yoga, martial arts, Pilates, kickboxing, and more, giving everyone the means to reach their goals in a motivating and upbeat group atmosphere.