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Women Only Gyms Cut Workout Intimidation

A new gym in Springfield, Ohio may be on the cutting edge of what women are needing. A gym of their own.

Premier Fitness opened on December 26, 2011 in a former gym’s location. The gym re-branded, went under new ownership, all previous members kept their membership and most things stayed the same. However one major change has been making news. The club contains a new women-only section.

“We really target ladies who wouldn’t go to a fitness environment due to the stigma of what it means to be fit,” said new owner, Wade Gates. “Over the years a lot has been done to make the environment friendly to women who would be intimidated.”

The women’s room is a fitness center within a fitness center. The room has equipment designed for smaller frames and different types of weights, but “The main thing is it’s just an area (women) can go where they aren’t sweating next to guys,” Gates said.

Some may think Wade’s comments are unfounded or demeaning to women, but a lot of women really do care about working out next to men. “It’s really nice to be separate from the men’s, it’s not so embarrassing,” said Christina Butts, who has been a member for a month.

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The Obese Turn to Private Gyms after Mainstream Alienation

“As an overweight person, it’s in my head that I’m being judged, whether it’s true or not.” These are the words spoken by Francis Wisniewski, a 38-year-old hedge fund manager and father of three. His emotions about being judged while working out at a gym lead him to open Downsize Fitness, a place just for the overweight to workout. It appears there’s a growing need for places just like this.

Downsize Fitness is new to the Chicago gym scene and is discreetly designed just for people looking to lose at least 50 pounds. Trim men and women are not allowed as members. In fact, when a member hits their weight goal and changes their lifestyle their time at Downsize ends.

Wisniewski created Downsize Fitness after he was finally able to lose 60 pounds by working one-on-one with an in-home trainer verses a gym or club. Wisniewski shared the same feelings as most overweight people prior to his private sessions. According to a 2009 report in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, most overweight people feel embarrassed and intimidated about exercising around younger and fitter people. Furthermore, other deterrents stand in the way. Many overweight people were put off by exercising with the opposite sex, using complicated equipment, and simply by the boredom of the gym. These issues can be true for normal weight gym members too, but heavier members tend to need more support and privacy.
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Curves Complete Launches Today in Time for New Year’s Resolutions

purple "curves" logoCurves is well known for their fitness centers, which offer circuit training exclusively for women. Today, they’re rolling out a re-vamped version of Curves Complete just in time for 2012 New Year’s resolutions. The new comprehensive weight-loss program combines nutrition, fitness and motivation specifically designed to help women.

The diet and exercise components of the weight loss program are no surprise, however, Curves is offering a new kind of support system through the “motivation” pillar of the program. “Motivation is what makes the plan work,” Curves Director of Nutrition Nadia Rodman told DietsInReview. “Overeating is a habit for many people much like an addiction. Learning about behavior change and having the support of a coach and the community at Curves helps women make the changes they need to make to lose weight and maintain it for life.”

Curves Complete is a 90-day program that’s divided in to three phases. The first phase lasts one week, and consists of a 1,200 calorie-plan to kick-start the weight loss. After this, more calories are added for the remainder of the 90 days to increase the consumption to 1,500 calories. After this, women are counseled to eat a healthy diet of 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day, depending on their activity level, to maintain their weight loss.


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Best Gyms in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the fittest and most health-conscious cities that I have ever lived. With a population of just more than 600,000, Sin City has a plethora of amazing fitness facilities that are jam-packed morning and night.

One of the most booming health clubs is the Las Vegas Athletic Club. It has six clubs in the Las Vegas area and each one has a steady membership base. It’s a step above most health clubs due to the hundreds upon hundreds of cardiovascular machines equipped with either personal televisions or cardio theater. It also offers a large variety of the best weight training machines, indoor running track, indoor pools, and tons of fitness classes for all fitness levels. For only $22 a month, this Vegas health club can’t be beat.
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Jillian Michaels Recommends Curves

Who wouldn’t take even a nugget of Jillian Michaels‘ sage advice about fitness? Her latest tip, provided in response to a reader question at EverydayHealth.com, has her recommending Curves for those who are stuck at a sedentary desk job.

The reader said that sitting all day leaves her feeling lazy, but after working a full day she’s exhausted, and she wanted to know what she could do to become less sedentary.

Jillian responded with this question, “Is it possible to use your lunch break for physical activity, and eat at your desk when you get back? Take a walk around the neighborhood, or sign up for a quick, 30-minute class at the local Curves.”

Sharing that she once had a desk job herself, Jillian said that she had to make exercise a priority for herself “for my physical and mental well-being.” She says that any extra activity you can fit in to your day, even if it’s just 30 minutes a few times a week, is better than nothing.
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