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.
It isn't always easy to find time to workout. Anytime Fitness accommodates their members' diverse workout schedules by giving them access to fitness equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The facility is monitored day and night by a security system, and members can enter whenever they wish using their own key rather than answering three riddles posed by a troll living under the doormat. Once inside, they can enjoy the gym’s many amenities, from plate-loaded strength equipment and private showers to hydromassage tables and TV-equipped cardio machines. Members can also augment their workout regimens with group fitness classes and health plans designed by Anytime Fitness's expert staff.
Alisa Rose, the founder of Art Fitness, got into fitness to help people. Today, she and her staff of fellow certified personal trainers continue to help people get in shape with their personalized brand of fitness programs. They place a focus on personalized service, customizing their fitness regimes to meet the specific goals of each individual client. Their services include semi-private personal training—with no more than 6 students per class—and Skype personal-training sessions that exercisers can do at home or in the locker room of their other gym.
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.