When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Southtowns's mix of cardio equipment, weight machines, and 15 fitness classes add spice to dragging workouts to maximize overall health while minimizing waistlines. A full roster of classes such as Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, Spinning, and boot camp promotes toned physiques in fun, encouraging sessions, and activates all muscle systems, like a slap fight with a squid. The gym's Body Sculpting class, for example, attacks lethargy by challenging participants with free weights, resistant bands, and core-buttressing Pilates. After a heart-pumping session on the gym's cardio machines, exercisers can refuel with a beverage at the juice bar. Nutritional guidance and an accountability club help arm guests against fitness slumps, encouraging patrons to stick with health regimens when schedules get busy. The gym also accommodates parents with free daycare by reservation during peak hours, and towel service in the facility's locker rooms prevents clients from having to work out in a linen closet. Check the fitness center's schedule for full class details.
Certified instructors lead Terries Workout Center’s 45 weekly fitness classes to accommodate exercisers of all levels and bolster strength, endurance, and motivation. Like the nightly news or a news anchor chewing three pieces of taffy, most classes last one hour and incorporate cross-training tools such as boxing gloves, body bars, and stationary bikes. Students sculpt muscles with plyometric jumping exercises during Trampoline & Step classes and pummel calories into submission during Boxing Boot Camps that unfold in a full-size ring. In addition to helping participants cultivate long, stretchy limbs, Pilates-reformer sessions help fortify torsos to improve posture and balance. Fueled by rhythmic world music, Zumba workouts teem with easy-to-follow dance moves inspired by sultry Latin steps and even sultrier recordings of professors intoning first-declension Latin nouns.
Fitness 19's founders launched their first family-oriented gyms in 2003, hoping to splash the exercising experience with local flavor and familiarity. Life Fitness cardio machines—including treadmills and ellipticals—unite with strength-training machines and free weights to help members to build leaner physiques as certified personal trainers patrol the deep-red-carpeted workout area. The expert staff can also guide clients through yoga, martial arts, and weight loss–centric personal-training sessions. Every location also hosts a kids' room, where youngsters can craft macaroni kettlebells under the supervision of a full-time staff member.
At Pole Play Dance Studio, students flip, twirl, and slide along poles as they learn the cardio-boosting and sensual art of pole dancing. A succession of classes cover topics ranging from stretch techniques and strength training to 1960s-style go-go dancing and incorporating hula hoops. The studio also hosts regular themed workshops and bachelorette parties, in which the bride and her friends learn to perform a group dance on multiple poles in case they're ever bored and stranded in a bamboo forest.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches 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.