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.
Steve Orlando founded My Way Fitness 24/7 to help his local community to tone muscles and improve overall health through personal workouts, classes, and nutritional guidance. His team of trainers strolls through the 4,000-square-foot weight room and cardio area, granting new members their undivided attention during complimentary personal-training sessions that maximize fitness results without the use of dark magic. Inside newly completed classrooms with tall, plum-colored walls, certified instructors help patrons to sleeken silhouettes and clear busy minds with fun Zumba choreography or a variety of body-stretching poses during yoga.
Nutritional counselors teach patrons to decipher their body's dietary demands and implement safe and effective eating habits. Steve allows the doors to hang open 24 hours a day, and the facility's IHRSA membership affords members access to any other IHRSA gym⎯a benefit when trying to maintain fitness routines during vacations or long-distance fast-food runs.
The team of passionate and certified personal trainers at Vibe Fit Club works with each of their clients to craft a personalized fitness and nutrition plan to help them achieve total wellness. Their philosophy is grounded in an inside-out approach that addresses the underlying causes of fat retention, whether it is due to nutrition, lifestyle behaviors, or a combination of both, such as licking butter sculptures. To help patrons toward their goals, the team combines nutritional programs with high-energy group fitness classes that range from Pilates and core workouts to cycling and personal training classes.
Touting the philosophy that exercise can be fun and empowering, the lovely lady instructors lead classes that sculpt arms by using body weight as resistance, as well as develop flexibility by performing vertical splits. The intimate studio also acts as home for pole-dancing parties complete with a DJ and champagne.
As a former national-level figure skater and ISSA-certified personal trainer, Jessica knows what a full-body burn feels like. However, she didn't know that a stationary bike could replicate the feeling, until a fellow trainer encouraged her to climb aboard a RealRyder cycle. Jessica became a devotee after just two rides. Determined to share her newfound passion with others, she gathered a team of certified instructors, populated two studios with RealRyder ABF8 bikes, and opened their doors to prospective pedalers of all fitness levels.
Inside Ryde For Life, Jessica and her staff host 45- to 60-minute classes synced to each teacher's music playlist. They lead stationary teams atop RealRyder bikes, whose specialized frames allow riders to lean, bank, and steer as they would an on-road bike. In addition to pumping up cardiovascular systems, sessions engage the core, upper body, legs, and the scalp muscles that hold helmets in place.
CrossFit 428's dedicated trainers, Ricky, Hope and Jethrie, strive to help clients of all shapes and sizes—from stay-at-home moms to competitive athletes—achieve their personal fitness goals through dynamic workouts. Unlike other weight-lifting or cardio exercises, the CrossFit method builds strength using functional movements people perform on a daily basis, such as squatting, reaching, and running away from the guy who's running away from the cops. During the one-hour workouts, participants work to perfect 10 areas of physical skill, which include cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, power, and agility. The staff also provides nutritional guidance to augment the process of becoming fitter.
The team behind The Yoga Loft has taught students to use yoga to open their hearts and minds since 2002. The experienced and certified instructors are dedicated to bringing an intentional yoga practice to clients. Wake up with the sunlight streaming through the studio windows in the mellow Morning Yoga class, which uses slower moves aimed at quieting the mind to prepare it for the day. Or learn to link breath with energetic movements in a Vinyasa session. The Yoga Loft also has teacher training programs, yoga workshops, and ongoing events.
Located in the center of the city, the airy Yoga Loft studio features new maple floors, 1,400 square feet of space, and soaring 28-foot ceilings.