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.
Jim White, who recently earned the 2011 Community Fitness Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and his staff help promote their clients’ wellness with a four-factor approach. This system supplies clients with a dedicated training team, varied workouts that produce results, nutrition plans designed by registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, and tools to help clients maintain fitter bodies.
Every member of the Jim White team operates with the mantra "If we can't do it, we can't expect you to," and they maintain that mindset when recommending realistic training programs to their clients. Workouts are selected from a menu of plyometrics, boot camps, and kickboxing routines, and onsite dietitians help balance exercise with a healthy nutrition plan. As a result, clients can develop healthier eating and exercising habits to get them on their way to long-term success.
In establishing Onelife Fitness, its founders aimed to "inspire people of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels," with the mindset that we each have only one life, and hence one chance to treat our bodies well. Thus a fitness program was created that can both challenge athletes and serve as a non-intimidating introduction to those hoping to get fit or lose weight. Certified personal trainers are on hand, ready to help each individual learn the tools necessary to maximize their workouts. These pros also lead a huge range of classes?including yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills programs such as Bodypump?throughout the week, transforming fitness into a convivial activity in the process.
Two hundred seventy locations. Thirty countries. The numbers behind My Gym’s global span are impressive, but they can’t compete with the gym’s mission—to help kids develop cognitively, emotionally, and physically. Intended for children 6 months through 13 years old, each My Gym location divides its schedule of classes and camps into nine age-appropriate groups. Little Bundles (6 weeks–6 months) for example, will explore their visual, audial, and spatial facilities, while the oldest kids of the bunch—Cardio Kids (7–13 years)—expend excess energy during fun circuit-training workouts dotted with nutritional tips.
Nary a treadmill or stationary bike is found inside FIT: Functional Innovative Training. The same goes for flat-screen TVs and mirrors plastered on the walls. Rather, the trainers at FIT: Functional Innovative Training focus on metabolic training that mimics everyday body movements, such as hopping on wooden blocks, climbing a ladder, and powerlifting with barbells or an airplane wing.
Inside of Innsbrook boutique studio, TidalWheel's instructors guide participants through constantly changing workout routines atop state-of-the-art cycling equipment. Each 45-minute class combines upbeat music with exercises that burn calories and sculpt physiques. The result is a high-energy cardio and strength-training workout that works the core and upper body.