At CrossFitRace, small groups gather throughout the week to shed calories during sessions of CrossFit. CrossFit workouts challenge participants of all ages and skill levels with constantly varied, functional movements executed with a high level of intensity. The facility's accomplished instructors emphasize good form and technique during classes, each of which focuses on a Workout of the Day—or WOD—as posted on CrossFit.com.
At Snap Fitness’ 24-hour gym, guests come and go armed with their access keys and are able to work out at their convenience. Around the gym, rows of cardio machines and stacks of free weights stand by as personal trainers show guests the most efficient ways to pump iron and bench-press their old refrigerators.
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 circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been 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 your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your 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.
Kathleen King of King Studio believes that fitness and nutritional training alone cannot transform a person’s life—that training must be complemented by a change in everyday behaviors. That’s why her studio focuses not only on exercise and healthy eating but also on teaching clients how to change their negative lifestyle habits, such as failing to get enough sleep, being a couch potato, and recreationally contracting common colds.
In addition to the rows of Pilates reformers and free weights, King stocks her studio with revolutionary TRX suspension bands that hang from the ceilings, earning herself a feature on ABC 4's Good Things Utah. With these dangling straps, she lets gravity and natural body weight do the work during functional workouts that aim to bolster core muscles, stability, and flexibility. She also captains a team of instructors, who help lead personal-training sessions, women’s karate classes, ballroom-dance lessons, and open dance parties within the hardwood-floored studio.
At Square 1 Fitness, the doors are open all day, every day. With a month-to-month contract, members enjoy access to all that lies behind these gates: brand-name strength and cardio equipment, health screenings, fitness evaluations, and full showers. The gym also houses certified personal trainers who can develop personalized fitness programs. The trainers guarantee results, and have a proven history of success—an archive of success stories includes testimonials of participants who halved their body fat, reclaimed their pre-pregnancy figure, or overcame a weight-loss plateau. Complementing fitness services, Square 1 Fitness provides massage therapy, tanning, and other spa services that reward bodies more effectively than gold-star bicep tattoos.
SLC Fit Collective, founded by fitness guru Carrie Cox, focuses on women's athleticism and well-being. The six instructors, including Carrie herself, lead a combination of boot-camp, dance, and martial arts classes. They keep classes small—no more than 15 students in each—so they can dole out plenty of personal attention. The exercises work to carve long and lean muscle, but also emphasize building confidence in one's own strength and abilities.