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.
Patricia Junqueira's passion for helping people get fit may only be eclipsed by her passion for fitness itself. Patricia began running when she was 18 years old and since then, she's competed in seven Ironman triathlons–including two World Championship appearances in Hawaii. Using her bachelor's degree in physical education and physical therapy, Patricia fuses her two passions inside Tri-Life Training, an airy, but private fitness studio.
Working alongside a group of certified trainers, massage therapists, and other experts in the field, Patricia engineers personal training programs that establish realistic goals for clients, while measuring their progress along the way. Her team can also help prepare athletes for more intense competition, such as triathlons or races across the ocean floor.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
At Science of Strength, owners Eddie Juica and Travis Kuykendall build dynamic workouts using kettlebells, Olympic lifts, and functional training. Suspension training with Jungle Gym XT suspension straps makes clients work with their own body weight, building core power as well as ligament and tendon strength.
For the yoga classes, Jai Dee isn't interested in classifying people as beginner or advanced, but instead welcomes any interested parties to all sessions. True beginners won't have to feel like they don't know what they're getting themselves into, though: their schedule includes in-depth descriptions of all the classes, each of which is also rated by sweat level. The classes range from the gentler Relax and Revive to the more intense hold-focused Strength and Balance, with varying levels of intensity in between. For an added element of fun, Jai Dee also hosts specialty classes that include Zodiac Yoga, which is inspired by the week's astrological trends. The sessions might focus on combating stress one week and toning bods to meet a mysterious, attractive stranger the next.