With thousands of locations all over North America and a ranking of the sixth-best franchise by Entrepreneur, Anytime Fitness is a fast-growing chain of fitness centers that bills itself as "the club for busy people." The gym is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and members get keycard access to work out with the strength training and cardio equipment onsite. Personal TVs on treadmills, ellipticals, and bicycles make working out fun, and there are live Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and hip-hop cardio classes taught by certified instructors in the group fitness studio. Clients can also choose to work out with a video-on-request system, hit the free weights or dumbbells weighing up to 110 pounds, or have a session with a certified personal trainer to amp up their routine. With an emphasis on cleanliness, efficiency, and friendliness, Anytime Fitness helps its members work out when it's most convenient. When not at the gym, Anytime Health online grants members access to perks such as meal and workout plans, activity trackers, and Q&A forums.
The female fitness foremen at LOA Fitness For Women work to bolster and sculpt womanly body temples with group classes and customized personal-training sessions. Bodycombat classes—cardio-centric workouts that fuse martial-arts traditions such as karate and tae kwon do—impart confidence and the agility necessary to achieve Ninja-grade grabs at last bagels. Zumba classes aim to synchronize heartbeats to fun and intensive Latin rhythms, and Bodyflow courses gently stretch bodies into low-calorie pretzels using techniques from yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. After sessions, students can soothe away post-workout tension during a 15-minute hydro massage, a dry procedure that barrages worn out musculature with liquid pressure emanating from beneath a cushy waterbed surface.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
At XLR8 Athletix's two locations—Plymouth CrossFit and Hines Park CrossFit—coaches craft new workouts for each day that combine functional movements with varied, high-intensity exercises. That way, members experience a variety of training styles that might include weightlifting, gymnastics-inspired moves, pull-ups, or rowing sessions. The average session might even see them lifting kettlebells, climbing ropes, or flipping giant tires. Each exercise is easily tailored to the individual, allowing group classes to support members with varying athletic abilities. The coaches also offer personal training sessions that focus on individual fitness goals, from dropping pounds to somersaulting a marathon.
Rejuvenation Fitness's founder Terry Pratt started his gym more than 20 years ago after discovering that the standard membership model offered by most gyms didn't generate the results he wanted. The problem, as he saw it, was that most people simply weren't doing the right kind of training. After research and education, he determined that metabolic resistance training?combing plenty of cardio with pushing, pulling, climbing, tossing, and lifting?not only toned the body, but consumed fat more quickly than any one form of exercise on its own. He continues to evolve his perspective on fitness with modern trends, incorporating everything from perennially popular push-ups to kettlebells and TRX suspension harnesses into his ever-changing regimen.