Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,500 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 Precor, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength machines 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 personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Sharing studio space, Survival Fitness and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier imparts different fitness techniques to its students, with the ultimate goal of students carrying their teachings into their everyday lives. Over on the Survival Fitness side of things, personal trainers instruct exercisers in one-on-one sessions. The trainers put emphasis on working out the whole body instead of just quickly prepping clients for slinky summerwear, including focusing on habits and lifestyle. They see the human body as a machine that needs to be reprogrammed in order to see lasting results. Meanwhile, students at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier learn the Gracie style of martial arts, which gets bodies and minds to work together to affect change, just like a movie set in a high school gets rival cliques to work together to plan prom.
Fit Nation's BootyBarre classes brim with unusual ballet barre moves. Backward high kicks, for instance, and squats paired with resistance band work. These isometric movements, all together, build lean muscle, lift seats, and teach students barres are good for more than hanging laundry out to dry.?That's just one of the fitness center's many classes, which number in the dozens. Others hinge on high-intensity interval training, stationary biking, or Pilates, and the facility boasts plenty of cardio and strength equipment for solo workouts, too.
At Gracie Jiu Jitsu Shreveport/Bossier, a team of dedicated, experienced instructors employ the time-honored techniques of the Gracie family to teach students the graceful yet powerful movements of Brazilian jujitsu. In addition to instilling the discipline, focus, and speed of the martial art in students, instructors lead high-intensity Survival Fitness workouts and power-stretching sessions, a 45-minute class that combines poses and exercises from yoga and Pilates.