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.
No matter the weather, The Hot Room's temperature always hovers at or above 100 degrees. Although the heat might sound intimidating, the studio thoroughly readies practitioners with information for newcomers and ongoing encouragement throughout classes. Teachers guide students through postures with verbal or physical instruction, emphasizing alignment and balance. Hot yoga classes take customers through a variety of poses and sequences to target various muscles.
Led by owner Rebekah Cunningham, The Hot Room's certified yoga instructors share a passion for the heated yoga style. In addition to constantly deepening their own practice, the instructors strive to help students of all abilities achieve stronger bodies and clearer minds.
Personal trainer Jackie Mitchell started 3D Strong Fitness to help people get and stay in shape. Her fitness classes range from classic workouts such as yoga to modern workouts such as TRX suspension training and BOSU ball training. Nutrition services help exercisers stay healthy outside of class with such options as the Shopping Smart package, where a consultant accompanies the client to the grocery store, and the Pantry Raid package, where a consultant removes unhealthy food stored in kitchen cabinets and fridges or stashed out of sight in the VCR.
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.
Competitive Edge Mixed Martial Arts' skilled and dedicated instructors help students turn their bodies into streamlined fighting machines with high-intensity fitness boot camps. These sessions include krav maga classes for practical self-defense and kickboxing courses taught by professional martial artists. Adults can turn their cores and limbs into sleek muscle with fitness kickboxing and boot-camp classes, while kids work through martial-arts drills to boost their athleticism and learn to solve challenging moral dilemmas to sharpen their character. Students of all ages can take self-defense, weight-loss, or mixed-martial-arts courses, where they safely spar with one another, punch heavy bags, sprint, lift, and kick their way to good health and self-discipline.