YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can benefit from a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness, which equips active bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them robust enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, while schooling workout novices on proper form and equipment use. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses to not get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
The Fitness Lounge encourages outer and inner health in a workout-gym environment with the personality of an intimate studio. Inventive and stimulating classes like Piloxing (which combines Pilates and boxing), Flirty Tease & Tone, Core Cycling, and Relax & Revive Yoga keep muscles from getting bored and texting stretch jokes to their friends during class. Instructors—all certified in their fitness specialty—tailor workouts to individuals’ goals and shoelace length. Food and human reconcile their differences during a nutrition consultation to determine challenges and goals. Follow-up sessions, held either at the gym or in a living room, restaurant, grocery store, or cornfield of the customer's choice, inspire food choices that are both healthy and tasty. The Fitness Lounge’s pep talks, menu parsing, and progress reports work in conjunction with fitness classes to decrease weight and ramp up energy.
Head trainer Jeff Cox—a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach’s Club 54—believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that “fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects…” This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio—which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick—also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.