Wherever Sonia Kang has gone, she has always found a place to exercise. While earning her business degree from Arizona State University, she always managed to squeeze a few dance classes into her schedule—a mental and physical flexibility she continued to hone while working at a PR firm in Boston and enrolling in classes at the B.K.S. Iyengar Center. Ultimately, Kang supplemented her bachelor of science with an avalanche of certifications, including those from the Pilates Method Alliance and the Yoga Institute. After digging her way out from the mountain of paper, Kang founded Weon Keyong Health Center, where she and a team of instructors help others keep their own planners filled with Pilates classes that challenge physiques with a full-body workout. For more personalized attention, the teachers offer semiprivate classes—capped at four students each, as most end up stretching their torsos to become 10 feet tall—and host an array of workshops that focus on topics such as nutrition and working out with specially designed towels.
ProFitness arms athletes of all skill levels with group- and personal-training sessions that muster up muscle and combat fat. Hour-long boot camp classes shepherd students to fitness?s promised land seven times a week, with workouts designed to eradicate about 600 calories each while forging camaraderie among constituents. Stretching concludes each group session, easing recovery and preventing injury during lunch-break guitar-smashing competitions. Experienced staffers focus their instruction in personal-training sessions, matching strength seekers with apparatus suited to their individual goals. The trainers incorporate nutritional tips to accelerate journeys toward better health and away from waffle sculptures.
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 by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute 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.
Owner Mark Hill and his staff customize each personal-training session to help clients meet their fitness goals. Hill and company have also crafted precision programs for those who are athletes, expecting a baby, or with cardiac-health issues.
Troy Anderson of Total Body Burn Boot Camp hosts a special four-hour kettlebell workout seminar to help the fitness-focused achieve their shirt-bursting goals. Unlike lifting dumbbells or entire town halls, lifting kettlebells allows for a wide range of motion for the fitness-prone to build the right bulk for their athletic aspirations. Spurred by Troy's encouraging indoor voice, the newly sweat-schooled can use the digital video downloads to work out on replenished inspiration reserves. Finally, the dietary e-booklet addresses fitness-dream-deferring habits with an arsenal of gluten-free recipes.