At FIT Athletic Club, the sounds of clattering weights, whirring treadmills, and friendly chatter fill the gym from dusk to dawn. These energetic sounds play out over state-of-the-art strength and cardio equipment and high-end amenities such as a steam room and sauna. Members who tire of going it alone enjoy unlimited access to more than 300 group classes each month. After a tough workout, FIT Athletic Bar's smoothie selection gives exercisers a nutritious way to refuel, and the bar’s free WiFi lets them check email, update social networks, or Google the best ways to snag the available treadmill for a date Saturday night.
Snap Fitness Spring equips its members with access cards that provide them access to gym facilities 24 hours a day. Exercisers can take to cardio and strength-training equipment no matter the time, following their own routines and schedules. The gym is staffed during business hours, when customers can revel in personal-training sessions or group classes such as Zumba. Members also receive access to online training, nutrition, and wellness services.
Wayne Davis first discovered Pilates after pulling his hamstring in the 2000 Olympic trials. For a professional athlete and collegiate long-jump record holder, a pulled hamstring was more than just an injury. He turned to Pilates to rehab his leg and realized that what he had seen as a tool to fix his leg was actually improving both his speed and strength. Wayne decided he wanted to extend his knowledge to others and now leads up to seven Pilates classes per day using the Allegro Pilates reformer. The reformer challenges students to a core-tightening, flexibility-focused workout without putting stress on joints or forcing students to throw expensive refrigerators off a four-story building. To supplement the Pilates classes, Wayne and his team of seasoned instructors lead spinning classes and cardio-Pilates classes that combine core-strengthening moves with blasts of high-energy cardio.
Within a wood-floored studio jam-packed with exercise balls and resistance machines, certified trainers Amanda Kemp-Grant and Caroline Soul work to create a welcoming atmosphere where students of all shapes and sizes can work toward their goals of losing weight, toning up, or figuring out the location to Joseph Pilates' hidden treasure. The duo combine their wealth of experience—which collectively includes backgrounds in Pilates, yoga, spinning, body building, and a bouquet of other modalities—to craft and helm a selection of dynamic classes that includes mat-based Pilates, machine-based Pilates, indoor cycling, and ballet-inspired barre.
Elite certified personal trainer and Glory Fitness founder Christopher M. Boykins wants his clients to achieve their fitness goals, whether the goal is weight loss or athletic competition. Boykins and his staff of experienced trainers offer personal training, nutrition counseling, and small group-fitness and boot-camp classes at three Glory Fitness locations, helping clients get fit in a relaxed setting.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep clients motivated by building relationships and understanding their goals. Our bikes are designed to develop your abdominal, bicep, and tricep muscles along with your legs. You will also burn on average 20% more calories compared to stationary bikes.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
We like to use all different genres of music. We will use classics, techno, rock, country, hip-hop, dub step, and more. Also we take request from our clients on the music they like so we can continue to build classes that you want to attend.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
We want everybody to be able to have fun and make an effort. As long as you are trying, you will continue to improve.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have 10 RealRyder Bikes that turn, tilt, and lean as you ride, providing the fluid sensation of an outdoor road bike. As you move through an expanded range of dynamic, functional movements, you get a more comprehensive, functional total body workout with special emphasis on activating essential core muscles.
Equipment: RealRyder Indoor Cycling Bike
Students should bring: bike shorts, Towel, bottle of water, and heart rate monitor (optional)
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot