As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Seventh-degree black belt Barry Black has been practicing martial arts for nearly four decades. With Barry as its cornerstone, Master Black's Martial Arts launches students into their own martial-arts journey with classes for kids and adults. Whereas children's classes focus solely on the martial arts, adult classes also encompass fitness boot camp and kickboxing.
Intoxx Fitness's trainers push groups of students to their limits in search of better fitness and stronger bodies during classes such as kickboxing, spinning, and Zumba. Though the gyms' schedules vary by location, each hosts classes for all skill levels seven days a week, both in the morning and evening. The gym floor includes a large free-weight and machine lifting area for ample opportunity to supplement in-class workouts with more targeted exercises, for which personal trainers can assist with tips, tricks, and advice on chatting up that single weight machine.
Equipment: Cardio, weights, dumbbells, and machines
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
This is a small, personal gym. We get to know our customers. Our staff and other members in the gym will be there for support.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Socialize with other members.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
[I'm] a former body builder.
The staff at It Figures takes a comprehensive, holistic approach to wellness. To get bodies in shape, exercisers can work one-on-one with personal trainers, or sweat amongst friends during yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and other group training sessions. To continue the work outside of the gym, a nutritionist teaches clients how to balance their diets and how to balance their meals atop spinning plates. With fitness and nutrition under control, the on-staff reflexologist helps bring minds and bodies into balance. And all this work can be complemented by a vitamin regimen provided by the center's naturopathic doctor, who propels clients even closer to their wellness goals.
Home may be where the heart is, but a gym is where that heart stays fit. The family-owned Pinnacle Fitness & Wellness fits both roles with a staff of personal trainers, fitness class instructors, and a resident nutritionist who helps each client achieve their fitness goals in an intimate workout environment. Group fitness classes provide a supportive environment for students to shape and tone their bodies through Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and TRX training. Instructors even lead students in Flirty Girl Fitness classes, which aim to strengthen the core and create long, lean muscles using moves from pole dance routines, music videos, and speed dating seminars. Personal trainers also led small group fitness workouts for two to five people and individual sessions that take into account each client’s fitness level and needs to craft a specialized program geared toward sport-specific training or weight-loss goals.