Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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. The Wooster Curves comes fully equipped with CurvesSmart technology, a computerized personal-training system that gives custom minute-by-minute exercise feedback and enlightens users with a postworkout progress report measuring strength gains and calories burned.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Evolve owner John Cook has competed in wrestling, power lifting, mixed martial arts, grappling, and jiujitsu. Over 20 years he's also taught thousands of people of all ages to do the same. The reason for his success: a fundamental and common-sense approach to fitness that focuses on self-confidence and mental conditioning as well as strength training and physical conditioning. To bolster this rounded strategy, he serves up varied functional workout routines that draw upon body weight and kettlebells, as well as classes that teach Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. Regardless, at all times?throughout 80 training options each week?five skilled coaches remain onsite to ensure students use proper form and refrain from trying to bench press each other.
As an athletic trainer, a nationally recognized fitness expert, and a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist, the eponymous Summer of Summer's Fitness knows a thing or two about setting goals. Although she happens to be something of an overachiever, she's committed to helping others feel as healthy and confident as possible, and infuses her gym with the go-get-it-ness needed to reach new heights. With a key card, exercisers enjoy 24/7 access to the gym, so they can run, lift weights, or eat exercise balls on their own schedules. Group sessions, meanwhile, offer guided workouts from Summer's experienced fleet of coaches, strength classes to boot-camp classes, which includes kettlebells, plyometrics, medicine balls, weights, and more.
The Yoga Place’s founder, Michael Curtis, considers himself an eternal student, always learning more of what yoga has to offer. Somewhat paradoxically, this is what makes him such a good instructor, since it means he’s ready to go back to any point in his yogic journey to help a fellow student. He characterizes his pursuit of yoga in three foundational descriptions: skillfulness in action, equilibrium, and clarity of mind. He imparts these principles six days a week in classes for all levels of practitioners.
Michael’s pursuit of fitness doesn’t end with yoga, however. He also has teachers on staff who conduct belly-dancing and tai chi classes, both of which are excellent ways to enhance the mind-body connection without growing an extra spinal cord.