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.
For Angie Cherry, yoga was just a workout that helped her stay flexible while running. She practiced yoga like this for more than five years before discovering her passion for the form’s meditative side. Once she gave herself over to the full experience of yoga, she discovered even more benefits; not only was she able to calm her mind and receive a great workout, but she was also able to diminish her chronic allergies. With this newfound enlightenment, she decided to become a teacher to help others achieve a similar marriage between their bodies and minds. After achieving her 200-hour certification, she founded Body Bliss Yoga, where she hosts five different types of yoga classes and private lessons up to seven days a week. She also hosts nonyoga events in her space, such as occasional women's self-defense seminars and candlelight vigils for candles snuffed too soon.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Danita Rigert has spent more than 19 years teaching gymnastics to boys and girls of all ages—many of whom went on to win state championship titles. At Rigert Elite Gymnastics, Danita and her staff of coaches teach youngsters of all experience levels in gymnastics, ballet, and cheer classes and lead competitive boys' and girls' teams. The gym is packed with professional equipment, including a 40-foot tumble track and an above-ground pit.
Equipment: Three swim pools, Spa, Nautilus weights, Precore Cardio, Gymnasium, Sauna
Students should bring: Swimsuit and towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 25+ people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring new swimmers to the facility to see the pool before the day of their first lesson
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Swimming is a great fitness tool that people of all ages can enjoy. It is the one sport that positively cross trains for every other sport as well as being a sport that can be enjoyed your entire lifetime. How many football players are still playing in their 60s, 70s, 80s? Go to any Masters Swim Meet and there will be lots of seniors swimming.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
Although it is important to work hard to make improvements, working to the point of actual pain usually means injury, which is never a good idea.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Learning to swim is both fun and functional. Classes are focused on making the process as fun as possible while continuing to move the students to becoming competent swimmers. We have high expectations for our students but want to keep lessons fun enough they will look forward to returning each class.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our offer includes youth levels 1-3 group swim lessons as well as our Parent & Tot class.
Since 1977, Cascade Athletic Clubs have distinguished themselves from typical gyms with their vast array of amenities, which range from big-screen TVs to a seasonal waterpark. In their fitness studios, instructors boost students’ flexibility during Pilates workouts, lead seniors through age-appropriate workout techniques during Silver Sneakers classes, or teach students how to dance to fast-paced music during Zumba. The dedicated team of personal trainers, meanwhile, help athletes stay motivated on a one-on-one basis, and tailor their regimens to individual goals that range from weight loss to preparing for an upcoming marathon. For independent workouts, athletes can play pick up games on the gyms’ basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts or swim laps in the indoor salt-water pools. They can also bulk up with Life Fitness machines, free weights, and Stair Masters designed to build strong enough leg muscles to conquer even the most daunting out-of-order escalator.