Tired of running on a treadmill or “climbing” stairs to nowhere? There are different (and, yes, fun) ways to stay in shape that are far from the same old workout routine. Case in point, Figurella.
For the Ladies
Women have different body types than men, so why would they work out the same?
Figurella is a unique fitness program designed especially for women. Developed in Sweden, it’s offered at more than 500 centers worldwide, with only one center in the United States—at PGA Commons in Palm Beach Gardens.
The concept of the program is to lose inches and then maintain a slim figure, rather than bulk up with muscle.
For the workout, clients crawl into a large cave-like structure called the Bubble, which has a mat floor. Vents keep the inside of the Bubble at 98 degrees, which Figurella claims is the temperature needed for the body to work at its best. Clients keep their heads outside the Bubble and lie down as a personal trainer instructs them in using their hands or feet to pull two-pound pulleys attached to the mat. The movements are slow and repetitive, and weight is never added, keeping it a low-impact workout. Clients spend 30 minutes in the Bubble, which is equivalent to one hour in the gym.
After the workout and a shower, clients sit for 15 minutes in the SpaShell, an enclosed oxygenating steam bath that opens pores and detoxes the body.
Clients also are put on one of Figurella’s five nutritional programs. Women are weighed before and after each session and often immediately lose ounces in fluids because there’s no drinking water during a session. Body measurements are taken every four sessions, and women can lose roughly eight inches after 20 visits.
Figurella recommends clients come in at least three times a week until they reach their goal weight, at which point they can reduce their number of weekly visits to maintain their figure. (561-799-3600, figurellausa.com)