Anytime Fitness welcomes exercisers to its securely locked workout havens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The Madison locations equip bodies with enough treadmills, elliptical trainers, and weight machines to train them to run a marathon in a swimming pool filled with mud. Recumbent bikes encourage visitors to relax as they pedal, and dumbbells let them perform bicep curls and rousing renditions of “Silver Bells.” Gym members can run, stretch, and lift with maximum efficacy as friendly staffers shower them with encouragement and equipment-safety tips. Today’s deal also treats bodies to 30 days of tanning and a complimentary fitness assessment, which helps individuals set goals for their workouts and track their progress toward becoming a newspaper reporter that moonlights as a circus strongman.
The first time Amanda Uphoff attended a yoga class, her clothing still bore hints of her infant son's spittle. As she down-dogged her way to yoga mastery, she found a peaceful clarity that balanced her hectic life as a parent. Troubled by the growing rates of childhood obesity and youth eating disorders, Amanda decided to open her own family-focused studio. Blackbird Family Yoga offers classes for every age group, from freshly hatched infants to the parents that incubated them. Popular classes include family yoga and postnatal sessions, in which mothers find peace in their child's pose and infants grapple with life's complexity in adults’ poses. The studio supplies childcare to accommodate parents who need a break from child wrangling.
Core Athletic helps clients overhaul their lifestyles with the aid of group classes, small-group training, and a roster of certified instructors who strive to provide safe, fun, and effective fitness routines. The month of unlimited group classes grants eager exercisers access to a variety of 60-minute instructor-led sessions that fill a schedule of mornings, evenings, weekends, and time-travel-triggered temporal fluctuations. Yoga classes stretch the limbs and soothe the mind; Zumba fuses energetic Latin-dance rhythms to a calorie-burning cardio workout; and Turbo Kick solders together kickboxing moves with aerobic energy to punch through workout plateaus and awaken the dormant cage fighters that slumber in everyone's biceps. Small-group training teams a maximum of four clients with one instructor, who leads their pupils through custom workouts that emphasize strength and conditioning with dynamic exercises like side planks, weightlifting, and lunges ($40/class).
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
The club keeps visitors fit with group exercise classes, personal training, and aquatic activities in indoor and outdoor pools. Specific classes vary by location, though each hosts cycling, yoga, and Pilates. The 24-hour Harbor location caters to muscles with 160 classes per week, including youth classes in swimming, sports, and ballet.
David Turner founded Yoga Eight with three goals in mind: accessible classes, a comfortable environment, and a student-focused practice. The result is a welcoming studio where experienced instructors with more than 200 hours of training each take their time to help students develop a meaningful practice, regardless of skill level. Yoga Eight's jam-packed schedule mixes challenging Ashtanga and athletic Vinyasa styles for a diverse regimen to challenge seasoned yogis and give beginners the building blocks of a serious yoga practice.