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- $99 for a one-month package for up to four ($199 value)
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Building Muscle: Cells on the Move
Read on to learn exactly how fitness classes leave you with more muscle or better tone.
Bulky upper-body muscles might have hindered early humans who had to chase their prey across the plains, but it could help those who often had to climb trees to adjust their satellite dishes. That’s why the body builds muscle according mostly to use: do enough curls, and the biceps expand. As anyone who has experienced post-workout soreness could intuit, those curls are actually a form of controlled damage, making thousands of miniscule tears to the muscle tissue that beckon autoimmune cells to show up alongside testosterone and other hormones. The white blood cells help switch on satellite cells, which are similar to stem cells. Before they’re activated, satellite cells aren’t doing much—instead, they lie dormant around muscle fibers until they’re called into action to repair torn tissue.
This isn’t the only kind of cellular transformation at work in growing muscles. Long muscle cells, which contain several nuclei, can also begin to change type after a workout. Certain kinds of muscle fibers are equipped to handle brief bursts of effort but will quickly become tired if asked to do more intense work. These are the first to disappear as someone starts an exercise routine, as they’re converted into fibers with more endurance. This principle is so dramatic that a sports scientist can generally tell whether someone is a professional athlete or a professional mattress model by examining a minute sample of muscle tissue.
Equipment: Weight bars, dumbbells, CX Work cables and stretch bands, yoga mats
Students should bring: Water and a towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 35 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in a little early to get acquainted with movements and other people
Q&A with Shonye, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We modify any movement to fit your personal comfort level as well as your ability level. We also keep a lot variety so that no one workout is completely the same.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Encouragement and friendliness is essential. Progress is always possible.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
I have always enjoyed encouraging others, teaching, and instructing. I love being active and getting others to join me.