The vibrating platforms at Flow Vibration Fitness attempt to speed up the fitness process by sending 25 to 50 vibrations into the body, requiring the muscles to contract and relax much faster than when running on a treadmill. As the body makes constant adjustments to keep its balance, the light, rapid energy of the vibrations have been shown to tone muscle, burn fat, and build bone density.
Exercisers who have worked up a sweat on the vibration platform can hydrate with gallons of ionized alkaline water, which can potentially increase metabolism, balance the blood’s acidity, and encourage the absorption of nutrients.
Armed with organic supplements and sophisticated detox systems, the licensed physicians, dieticians, and counselors at Harvard Organic Weight Loss Program steer visitors on the path to a slimmer silhouette with a personalized plan for each client. After a one-on-one interview, the professionals draw up regimens of botanical- and nutrient-based detox supplements, and offer weight-loss advice, such as how to commit to a diet plan, the value of regular exercise, and making sure your pockets are puppy-free before standing on a scale.
In the right light, you can almost see how the 8,500-square-foot indoor soccer field, with its high ceiling and vast depth, was once a movie theater. Back then, it must have taken a lot of imagination to foresee the space as it is now—with painted stadium murals on the walls and competition lines drawn on the floor—but that's just how owner Miguel Garzon envisioned it. Today, the space is home to youth soccer lessons as well as adult leagues and tournaments. After all the soccer balls are put away, the facility spends some time each week as a salsa dance hall and a private event space for birthdays, club nights, and office parties.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.