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 to 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.
Factor X Fitness's twin 24-hour training facilities each feature more than 11,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment, including free weights and fleets of treadmills, ellipticals, and bikes. The 24-hour access extends to tanning services, which offer a choice between UV-free spray tanning or booths with built-in stereo systems that allow guests to listen to their own music or a recording of bacon sizzling while tanning. Their pro shop helps fuel workouts with plenty of gear including T-shirts, supplements, and energy drinks.
GroupFit Studio’s owner Sherman Rosier is an NSCA-certified personal trainer, NSTA-certified running coach, certified nutrition specialist, and holds a first-degree black belt in tae kwon do. But no matter how advanced the accreditation he receives, he does not lose sight of the most basic tenant of exercise: whatever workouts you choose, have fun doing them. He tailors his classes to meet this requirement: his GroupFit90 classes work the entire body with lively tandem exercises aided by Bosu balls and resistance bands, and his DanceTance workouts fuel dance-based workouts with energetic funk, Latin, and hip-hop music. Exercisers who need an extra shot of oomph can also meet for a nutritional-coaching session, which provides a clearer insight into workout-friendly munching than spying on Sylvester Stallone while he shops for groceries.
Owned and operated by the Capital Region YMCA for more than 33 years, Camp Indian Springs boasts one of the Tallahassee area’s most venerable summer sleep-away spots. Spread across 77 peaceful acres shrouded by maple, oak, cypress, and pine trees, the campus lets kids truly be kids, as opposed to air-traffic controllers. Campers stay in cabins with 8–12 peers of their same age and gender plus two staff members, promising safety and individual attention with a 1 to 7 staff-to-camper ratio. Camp Indian Springs draws its name from the crystal-clear spring at its heart, and gives kids a venue for swimming and water sports, as well as arts and crafts, archery, and other field sports. Nature-survival instruction teaches outdoor-oriented campers how to fend for themselves, ensuring that the next generation will not forget how life was lived before status updates. Surrounded by living, breathing humans and thrown into situations that don’t contain holograms, they'll re-learn to express themselves without angry emoticons.
The certified trainers at Women's World lead females through more than 45 muscle-sculpting classes a week, conditioning bodies in a supportive, ladies-only gym environment. Biceps crunch to the beat during Les Mills, such as Bodypump, which works major muscle groups with an assist from barbells, and Bodystep, which spurs feet to stomp up, over, and around a step, providing a glute-lifting workout to render uncomfortable bum brassieres obsolete. Instructors invoke hot and Ashtanga yoga traditions, guiding limbs and torsos during sessions that improve balance and flexibility, and PiYo extends appendages using Pilates and yoga and then adds a drop of dynamic movement that, like mistaking a large cat for a panther, adds a burst of cardio to the routine. Workouts transform into parties during cardio dance classes, such as the hip-hop-and-kickboxing fusion Turbo Kick or the Latin-influenced Zumba. In addition to a venue for collective perspiration, Women's World also has a selection of cardio and weightlifting equipment for femmes to use when operating on a solo schedule.