Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, the machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
Plexus Fitness manages muscle maintenance with a team of fitness coaches, personalized workout regimens, and sleek exercise machinery. Staffers greet regular health habitués by name as they enter the gym and administer a complimentary bottle of water and soft towel as an omen of the sweat-dabbing to come. New members are entitled to a complimentary personal training session led by one of Plexus's nationally certified fitness coaches, who are trained in anatomy, exercise physiology, and bunsofsteelonomics. Each session focuses on personal wellness, effective exercise execution, and continuous movement techniques. For calisthenicians who wish to remain masters of their own fitness domain, Plexus offers a non-trainer program, in which members can monitor their progress through a personalized, coach-prescribed workout regimen, guided by willpower and the memory of inspirational hugs from personal trainers past. With cardio and strength-training equipment galore, as well as spinning classes offered five days a week, fitness freestylers can devise a routine to suit their physique's preferences.
At A Balanced Life Massage and Body Work, owner Dion and his team of certified massage therapists are dedicated to relaxing their clients. So dedicated, in fact, that they pluck massage techniques from a menu of more than 20 modalities. Visitors to their soothing studio slide beneath their slow, firm hands that perform simple Swedish massages or pamper muscles with a flourish of hot stones, shiatsu, or lomi-lomi techniques.
At Inner Light Yoga, Vinyasa yoga classes help students interweave their breath with the movements of the body. The studio's director completed her teacher training with the Himalayan Institute. She loves to share the practice of yoga with her students, and works to create a relaxed, welcoming environment that's free of judgement.
Doctor of Chiropractic Stacy Cohen founded First State Health & Wellness shortly after he received his degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1984. Since then, his center has expanded to six locations and welcomed aboard 12 other chiropractic physicians.
Each location features traditional adjustment techniques and Activator tools that rapidly and gently prod trouble spots. A few locations feature specialty techniques such as the Newark location's high-tech subluxation scanning and the Wilmington location's adjustable Thompson Terminal Point table made up of several different cushions that help it morph into an even more therapeutic surface: a ping-pong table.
Dr. Cohen and his staff complement their chiropractic touch with acupuncture, massage, and nutritional counseling services, which are overseen by the center's own licensed acupuncturists and certified massage therapists. Together, the team's collective efforts have been awarded The News Journal's Reader's Choice Award for Best Chiropractic Office in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as the BBB's Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2003 and 2009.
At Women's Fitness, women of all fitness levels work their entire body during 30-minute fitness routines with the help of experienced trainers and motivating music. During the studio’s signature workout, exercisers breeze through a circuit of cardio intervals and strength-training exercises as an instructor doles out personalized tips and words of encouragement. Participants also cultivate fitter physiques using adjustable hydraulic-resistance machines designed to work two muscles groups at once. Eventually, this approach to quick, effective circuit training helps to increase muscle mass in time, which encourages bodies to melt more calories and pop fudge-dipped thought bubbles before they even penetrate cranial barriers.