The staff at Omni Health and Fitness Center works to make the gym a one-stop shop for its members' fitness needs. The club's impressive inventory aids in this pursuit, with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Life Fitness. Parents can drop their youngsters off at the kids' zone or children's nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, which, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gym's trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one workouts as well as group fitness classes such as Pilates and Body Pump. After exercising, members can refuel at the juice bar.
In the 15 years since its founding, Fitness For Her has amassed a well-rounded collection of gym equipment and group classes in an encouraging studio where women jump into routines specifically designed for them. Ladies can work up calorie-burning sweats on cardio equipment, such as treadmills and bikes, as they take in favorite shows beamed in over the TVs or watch for cameo appearances by their favorite numbers on the heart-rate monitors. A weight-training area eases limbs into reps with Cybex machines, free weights, an abdominizer, and a multistation jungle gym to ensure no muscle group starts to feel left out. For a communal foray into fitness, personal trainers spur on groups to shake off calories in Zumba and Cardio Pilates classes, kindling a full-body burn in the aerobics studio. Postexercise, up to 10 weary frames can sweat out excess toxins or barbells lodged in pores in the dry-heat sauna. With senior classes, membership discounts for mother-daughter pairs, and free childcare services, the gym welcomes women at every stage of their sojourns into healthy living.
As a certified personal trainer and "marathon maniac," Empowered Personal Training Studio founder Emily Knudson often saw other runners performing cardio workouts without achieving the results they expected. She realized they were missing a key ingredient in their fitness regimen: strength training. Unlike cardio exercise, building muscles lets the body continue to burn calories hours after exercises end. That’s why her six-week boot camps mix body-weight and hand-weight exercises into cardiovascular routines and high-intensity Q&A sessions. Empowered’s team of trainers includes other competitive marathoners as well as a triathlon coach, a competitive female bodybuilder, and a former Army infantryman and combat medic. Their studio's intimate setting of weight machines, medicine balls, and cycles contrasts with the impersonal vibe of a traditional large gym full of blaring TVs and barking dogs.
Sports & Fitness's seven locations facilitate calorie-burning activities with free weights, cardio equipment, and group fitness classes, while pampering clients with relaxation-inducing amenities. Members perspire and tone bodies while meeting the demands of a certified personal trainer in one-on-one training sessions, or while pedaling next to fellow fit-seekers during group cycling classes. The group fitness classes also include yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and Zumba, varying by location and the whims of Cratus, the god of strength.
As parents scorch calories with weight- and circuit-training equipment, they can rest assured that their youngsters are in responsible hands in the child watch area; a playfully decorated room filled with toys and 5 pound rattles.