Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
In boxing, the shoeshine combo uses 10 rapid-fire punches to disorient opponents. The move is often hard to execute, as its success relies almost entirely on sheer speed. Since it opened its first gym in 2006 in Kansas, Title Boxing Club has grown with the speed and fervor of a shoeshine combo. Today, there are more than 100 locations throughout the US, and part-owners Danny Campbell (a former pro boxer) and Tony Carbajo (of Title Boxing Company Equipment) bring firsthand experience to the fitness chain.
Each non-contact, non-fighting gym is stocked with Title Boxing Company heavy punching bags and gear that students are welcome to use free of charge during classes. The boxing and kickboxing classes teach men and women the fundamentals while helping them get in shape.
Offering visitors a welcoming abode where they can build body strength and shed stress, Sigh Yoga promotes healthy lifestyle attainment while eschewing giant hamster wheels. Amid an amiable atmosphere, Sigh's talented staff of limb-pretzeling stretchionados help students refine their posture positioning and acquire sleek physiques in a variety of yogic styles, known in the biz as yogurts. Newbies can master vinyasa's basics in Discover Vinyasa before flowing upward like anti-grav water into Gentle Flow. Sigh's heated classes—including the better-than-coffee morning vinyasa, express hot yoga, heated flow, and traditional silent hot yoga—use a detoxifying swelter to help deepen postures while strengthening the connection between mind and body. And if you're just stressed by the amount of time-traveling cyborg assassins in your life, the restorative yoga helps you withdraw from your senses with three or four supported asanas.
The instructors at Bodyblast Studio wrap fitness, personal growth, and entertainment into tidy one-hour classes centered on pole fitness, Latin-inspired dance moves, or competitive martial arts. Ladies-only pole-fitness classes utilize poles for leverage and stability as bodies swing and slide their way to a healthy sweat in routines designed to strengthen the core and upper body. Exercisers teach imaginary rivals a lesson they won’t soon forget as they pummel the air with swift kicks and punches in tae kwon do classes, and hearts race through the hip-churning steps of Latin-inspired Zumba dance classes. For a more calming exercise, balance a lopsided aura with a Vinyasa flow yoga class that links mind and body with conscious breathing.
A spring-loaded hardwood aerobic floor keeps steps peppy and reduces strain on joints during all-out workouts or dance sessions. Brass poles and glossy kettlebells reflect the colorful lights flashing overhead as hit dance tunes blast through the speakers of a full sound system.
Within The Fixx Workout Studio's lime-green walls and atop their bright wood floors, trainers act as guides on continuous journeys toward healthy lifestyles. They do it through classes such as boot camp, yoga, Pilates, and kettlebell. Through motivation and encouragement, the trainers foster a sense of community within the gym, as well as a sense of responsibility to one's self. To keep everyone engaged, classes and routines are constantly changing. One day they may have students strapping on boxing gloves to pummel heavy bags or keep them from scratching bug bites. The next could include stretches and pushups. Heaving dumbbells and throwing medicine balls might also be thrown into the mix. Classes also include upbeat hip-hop cardio sessions as well as expressive modern dance. Whatever the case, the passionate trainers make classes fun and light while keeping total body fitness the top priority.
The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Ropes use the weight of the human body to build strength, and the relentless swing of kettlebells works the body as a whole and torches calories. Weights clatter beneath hanging rings and inspirational quotes chalked on the walls. Bass thuds and happy grunts fill the studio as patrons flip truck tires or leap onto boxes. The old-school equipment forms the core of classes, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.