When 9Round founder and IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson isn't dominating combat rings across North American and Europe, he is taking care of his two children. It was with his kids in mind that the seasoned black belt crafted his signature workout??a challenging professional fighter's training regime compacted into a hectic, schedule-friendly 30 minutes. Today, trainers in 9Round gyms across the nation lead members in Shannon's workout, guiding classes through its nine rounds of aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance-training exercises. Instructors vary the rounds each day, supplementing body-weight exercises with jump ropes, punching bags, and free-weights. Coaches also encourage diets of fruits and lean meats and counsel members against common dieting pitfalls, such as skipping breakfast or storing smoothie surplus in unmarked laundry-detergent bottles.
The YMCA of Greater High Point operates to impart better health on bodies and minds with myriad programs aimed at adults, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. Both the Hartley Drive YMCA and the Grubb YMCA house fitness centers are packed with ample exercise machinery, from Cybex strength-training equipment to PreCor ellipticals and treadmills, helping patrons aged 12 and older to seize a healthy physique without the hassle of hugging a bodybuilder. For camaraderie-based fitness, Grubb and Hartley host group exercise classes that corral clients of all stripes or cater specifically to kids or seniors. The Hartley gym's facilities further nurture fitness endeavors with an indoor track, two gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, and an indoor 25-meter swimming pool. After a solo or relative-supported workout, guests can hit the on-site locker rooms to freshen up or scoop too-little ones and thumb-sucking spouses from the Child Watch childcare center.
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.
Administered by Dr. Vijay Gandla, each microdermabrasion delicately buffs away dry and damaged skin, like a gentle breeze eroding accumulated peanut butter. The quick and comfortable 35-minute treatment strips off the entire outer layer of skin to reveal the fresh, new layer underneath. Patients struggling with acne, signs of aging, and sun damage can shed a weathered complexion and replace it with a vibrant sheen that shimmers like the surface of a lake at twilight, but without skinny-dipping lovebirds constantly frolicking in it. Because of Magnolia Medical Spa's clean, cozy treatment rooms and accommodating staff, microdermabrasions there are more unintimidating and relaxing than lounging on a La-Z-Boy clearing pores with clingy duct tape at home.
Pure Light Yoga's instructors emphasize self-discovery at their studio, encouraging students to experiment and develop a yoga practice that strikes the appropriate balance between physical exercise and introspection. To help accomplish this goal, they lead a diverse spread of classes that vary in their intensity and focus. Dynamic Vinyasa sessions follow seamlessly flowing asana sequences to strengthen muscles, and other, gently paced classes incorporate supportive props and modified poses into an accessible series of stretches that can improve flexibility over time. Regardless of each style's physical demands, the classes all share the singular goal of focusing students on the connections that exist between their minds, their bodies, and their vestigial tails.
In a no-fluff gym filled with steel training bars, plywood walls, and black free weights, personal trainers and exercisers work side by side to forge paths to fitness. Jeremy McKenzie, the gym's training coordinator, emboldens his students to chase down their fitness goals by drafting a personalized blueprint. For group classes, staffers pull from a playbook of CrossFit exercise regimens designed to prepare police officers, military special-operations units, and washed-up prop comedians for hostile environments. Traditional training methods mix with Olympic-style weightlifting and kettlebell lifts to build muscle and burn calories. Trainers and their pet kangaroos step into the ring to teach boxing, sparring, and kickboxing basics.