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.
Eve Savva, owner and instructor of Temple Goddess Dance & Yoga, began dancing at eight, exploring the worlds of ballet, modern dance, and classical Indian dance. Now, a performer of Middle Eastern dance for the past thirteen years, she welcomes students to her studio, where she is also a certified yoga instructor. There, students of all ages and abilities can find a supportive, non-competitive environment to practice in classes such as belly dance, yoga, and cardio/fitness.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of the gym's accommodating calendar of classes, attending 10 targeted drop-in sessions over the course of six months. Latin beats inspire aspiring Zumbalinas to shimmy free of up to 600 extra calories per one-hour session. The C.H.I.S.E.L. class blends aerobics, strength training, and Pilates to build bodies fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. The six-pack abs and stretching class offers patrons a one-two-punch of increased flexibility and core strength. Traditional Pilates sessions reinforce the mind-body connection by celebrating control, balance, and turtleneck sweaters.
Surrounded by Yoga Shakti’s cheerful orange walls, yogis lift their hands toward the ceiling, root the balls of their bare feet into the wood floor, and stretch toward the sunlight that streams in through the window. During classes, instructors lead practitioners through their customized series of postures, which draw from several yoga styles to vary the routine and address specific goals. Classes range from gentle yoga, which focuses on meditation and breathing; to more rigorous Vinyasa flow, which links challenging postures to one another through the breath; to hot yoga, whose elevated temperature challenges students, allows for deeper stretches, and detoxes the body. The instructors also offer yoga-for-back-pain classes, which aim to increase mobility in stiff backs caused by injury, stress, or walking under the limbo stick in your doorway.