With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.
Inside its serene studio, Essential Yoga guides groups toward health and wellness with more than 10 different yoga classes, including multiple threads of Vinyasa and an intro to Ashtanga. The facility's roster of passionate instructors acts as a source of constant encouragement, and a flexible schedule of daily classes bends to accomodate students of all experience levels. To kick workout routines up a notch, Essential Yoga also offers energized sessions of Zumba.
Body of Work Yoga offers classes that combine the meditative powers of controlled breathing with the body-sculpting, posture-straightening flow of classic yoga poses. A month of eclectic yoga classes selected from the flexible schedule can help stretch out and sooth even the stiffest of unoiled joints. Each session is lead by a dedicated instructor who brings years of experience and nuggets of bendable wisdom to each class, guiding the harmonious trifecta of your body, mind, and spirit animal.
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 to 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 allow you to use your own body weight 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, instilling you with the power to crush a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Balance Fitness Studio's instructors pilot fat burners through body-trimming classes held in a studio heated to 80–85 degrees in order to make students sweat and increase their flexibility. Stretch into the Balance Restore yoga session to flow through a series of poses designed to release tension and ease the mind, or jump into the fusion belly-dance class, which uses Middle Eastern hip-swiveling techniques to create a full-body workout. The Balance Barre Method class employs the ballet barre, Pilates movements, exercise balls, and light weights to tone muscles, and the TRX class relies on the TRX suspension system used by U.S. Navy Seals and weight-conscious dolphins.
Ozark Fitness Centers helps people slim down and sculpt muscle with an array of fun group fitness classes (such as dance-focused aerobic Bodyjam or the yoga body flow) and a slew of fitness equipment. Get your heart pumping on an elliptical in one of the huge cardio theaters, or use a machine with a private video screen for watching inspirational videos of strongmen bench-pressing goats. In addition to traditional equipment, women can use machines designed especially for gals in the private women’s gym. Free childcare is available in the health-conscious kidnazium playground, and the gym is open 24 hours a day during the work week. Spacious locker rooms and a smoothie bar augment workouts.