After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. ?Each client is a direct reflection of me,? he says. ?Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.?
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-?em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
Circle City Strength & Conditioning began in Chris Roche's garage. That's where the trainer started coaching a few clients in the summer of 2009. As the leaves turned from green to gold, however, Chris's signature combination of conditioning, strength training, cardio, and yoga drew more and more clients. With class sizes snowballing and the temperature dropping, Chris nabbed a commercial space in January 2010. He transferred his kettle bells to this 1,000-square foot "'box,' literally a box," as he puts it, and his ever-expanding community of fitness fanatics was able to continue their rigorous, supportive group fitness sessions.
Today the studio occupies over 3,700 square feet of space, plays host to a slew of CrossFit classes, and connects exercisers not only with Chris but with six other passionate coaches. In addition to CrossFit, enrollees enjoy yoga, Barbell Club, and even nutritional seminars on how to deadlift hundred-pound carrots. The schedule looks a bit different than it did back in Chris's garage, but many things have endured, most importantly the fitness center's friendly atmosphere and the results-oriented design of its workouts.
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear clothing you are comfortable moving in. Most clients prefer to wear gym shorts and a T-shirt.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1689 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 fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist 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 bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Mei Fitness’s bright, TV-equipped space houses an arsenal of treadmills, ellipticals, stationary cycles, and weightlifting contraptions. Clients can opt to work with trainers who personalize regimens on each piece of equipment. The friendly staffers also host dozens of group fitness classes held six days a week, which range from Zumba and Turbo dance to intense circuit training and self defense classes. To make attending the gym less of a hassle, they host a kids' room, where tykes get in shape by repeatedly lifting 20-pound Game Boys. After a workout, members can retire to a tanning bed to compliment newly toned muscles with a richer skin tone.