Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 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.
At Atlas Yoga Studios, instructors want to help their students learn to integrate yoga into their daily lives, which the team facilitates by opening classes to all ages and fitness levels. The instructors even allow students to start mid-class if that better suits their schedules. The studio's classes use the Atlas method, which focuses on building mental, physical, and spiritual balance. Students work through classes that challenge the body while also focusing on focusing their minds to deepen relaxation and improve stress response both in and out of class. Along with yoga classes, the studio also offers courses that teach the traditional healing art of Thai yoga massage and yoga training.
For a gym, FitWall Vaughan’s studio floor is surprisingly devoid of fitness equipment. Its primary piece of training equipment, which is flush with the wall rather than on the floor taking up space, is a ladder-like structure called the FitWall, which uses the human body as a weight, pitting users’ muscles against the force of gravity. With add-on resistance bands, shelves, and grips, the simple device manages to pack a full-body workout into a single 30-minute session.