At BeFit Boxing by Joanie, owner and ACE-certified trainer Joanie Sotomayor has a passion for exercise not just because it burns fat and builds muscle, but because it brings balance to a stressful life. Together with certified personal trainer Itala Murphy, Joanie helps her clients exceed their personal fitness goals with kickboxing workouts, boxing drills, and high-intensity interval exercise.
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.
With two locations, the Kirkwood Fitness and Racquetball Clubs allows guests of all fitness levels to work toward getting healthy with a range of amenities. Members can raise heart rates using cardio equipment, tone muscles during water aerobics classes, relax in the sauna, or sample a soothing yoga class. Personal trainers can work one-on-one with members to help customize a workout routine, or just supervise the overly confident free weights when they attempt to lift themselves.
The Goju Training Center is a martial-arts academy created by Sensei Kenneth Everett, the founder of Goju-Robics. Goju-Robics is a cardio-kickboxing class that fuses self-defense with dance moves and traditional aerobics, a workout designed to burn calories and fill participants with energy. In addition to Goju-Robics, Sensei Kenneth also offers a training camp, plyometric training, strength training, and Zumba classes, as well as karate sessions for kids and adults.
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.