Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
At Riviera Fitness Centers of Madison—a women-only fitness haven—patrons tackle Les Mills group fitness classes, strength and cardio equipment, and one-on-one personal training, all designed to make gals feel comfortable as they forge toward their fitness goals. The onsite childcare staff supervises tykes so moms can cartwheel off to classes such as BodyAttack and Zumba. During Zumba classes, the studio transforms into a club-like dance-party atmosphere, accented with colored lights and thumping Latin-inspired beats. The instructors lead the easy-to-follow dance steps on an elevated stage, allowing everyone to see the right moves instead of getting discouraged and reverting to the Hokey Pokey. Boot-camp sessions fuse cardio and resistance training to tone physiques as campers wield exercise equipment including kettlebells, barbells, and bosu balls.
In addition to getting fit during group training, ladies can seek one-on-one fitness advice during personal training sessions, which are tailored to suit their goals. Riviera Fitness Center also offers tanning, bronzing recently toned bodies for the beach or flexing in front of a mirror.
SportsMed Fitness Center, named one of Tennessee Valley's best gyms by CityVoters, operates 24 hours a day on the ground floor of SportsMed Huntsville Clinic. Members can tone muscles and burn calories with cardio and strength training equipment and group fitness classes such as kickboxing or hatha yoga, or opt for sessions with a personal trainer. New Core Barre classes are fat-burning exercises based on ballet techniques and are designed to increase strength and flexibility and give a lean, ballet-body look. A class schedule is available, and as an added convenience, the gym offers complimentary childcare during select weekday hours.
University Fitness Center's sprawling facility equips guests with a legion of exercise machines, an on-site pool, group classes, and a professional training staff. The weight room helps mold muscles with free weights ranging in size from 3 pounds to prize sow, as well as pre-loaded resistance training machinery. Meanwhile, a cardio theater pleases peepers with an octet of televisions and ears with headphone jacks as bodies toil atop ellipticals, stair climbers, rowing machines, and treadmills. For aqueous exercise, the pool posts designated lap-swimming hours and also hosts classes like power boot camp and the total-body HydroFit workout, which utilize the water’s low impact resistance to get muscles working with gentle strength, like a chain gang of bunny rabbits.
The Matrix Gym sports an 8,000-square-foot facility, a staff of knowledgeable athletes, and monitored 24-hour access to assist exercisers of all ages and abilities, day or night. Equipped with the latest heart-strengthening, muscle-toning machines from popular brands such as LifeFitness, Hammerstrength, and Cybex, this extensive fitness center bears everything one needs to lose weight, strengthen the core, and avoid bench pressing the cat for 30 days. Runners and walkers will enjoy cardio machines equipped with individual cable TV tops, USB ports, and iPod jacks for access to entertainment, downloadable workout summaries, and adrenaline pumping playlists of Celtic sea shanties, while group fitness classes provide motivation in the form of fun, energetic camaraderie. Although not included in this Groupon, The Matrix Gym also offers PlayCare for children under the age of 13 (a $20 fee) to relieve parents of offspring surveillance duties long enough to work up a healthy swelter.