The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.
Since Joe Gold opened his first fitness center more than 45 years ago, his namesake gym franchise has grown to more than 600 locations worldwide. The four locations near Ogden house workout floors furnished with loads of exercise equipment as well as studios for group classes such as cycling, yoga, and TRX training. Most Gold’s locations also feature Les Mills fitness classes such as Body Pump, Body Combat, and Body Attack, which keep things fresh by switching up their choreography and music every three months.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your 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.
Puckrin's Soccer Shop's father-and-son team of Alan and Glenn Puckrin equips players of all ages with a variety of soccer gear. A wide brand selection is available, such as Diadora shin guards with sleeves ($15.99), Diadora soccer socks ($9.99), and Calle street soccer balls ($29.99) for impromptu scrimmages during morning traffic jams. For miniature and growing strikers, junior soccer cleats and turf shoes ($22.99–$39.99) protect feet, aerate topsoil, and idolize full-grown adult cleats ($39.99–$219.99), both available in varying colors and brands such as Diadora, Umbro, Lotto, Joma, and Kelme. Puckrin's Soccer Shop puts stylish players at ease with goalkeeper gloves ($9.99–$49.99) in brands such as Sondico or Reusch, as well as sleek soccer shorts ($19.99), which serve as a modest transitional outfit from field to steakhouse.
Walk-In Chiropractic's licensed back whisperer eschews appointments and makes careful adjustments that help destress any overworked human chassis that wanders into the office. Because each back carries its own special story, Walk-In Chiropractic customizes the treatment to suit every spine's special needs.
Crawford School of Irish Dance has been helping dancers as young as six years old hone their kicks and toe points since 1983. Classes consist of 8–12 dancers overseen by an experienced step dancer certified by the Dublin Commission of Irish Dance. Irish step-dancing teaches young kickers how to focus, listen, and follow directions while adults and kids alike increase flexibility and memory function with quick movements. Registration is included, as is a new-student information packet. Classes generally are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.