Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 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.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises—each with modifications—into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.
Routine workouts can get boring. That’s why East Troy Body Shop’s team of coaches and instructors offer can eclectic array of exercise regimens intended to keep students engaged and constantly working toward their individual fitness goals. The studio’s signature CrossFit program combines elements of aerobics, Olympic weightlifting, and gymnastics to create high-intensity, plateau-proof workouts that can help attendees of any skill or fitness level improve their strength, endurance, and body image. Similarly, the rest of the class schedule provides an eclectic, yet challenging approach to fitness with everything from dance-inspired Zumba to fast-paced kickboxing. To ensure that every visitor stays safe, East Troy Body Shop employs personal trainers as well as a massage therapist who can soothe muscles with Swedish or deep-tissue modalities.
Equipment: Weighted sled, heavy rope, pull-up bar, dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells
Students should bring: Bottle of water; for the ladies' class bring a yoga mat and small weights
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Eat something small, get a full night's sleep, and be prepared to work hard.