With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind 24/7 Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Matrix-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
24/7 Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
Calling upon experience in both personal training and group fitness, as well as professional certification, the trainers of Wayforward Fitness live by a simple philosophy: to motivate, excel, and inspire. They look to do this via personal training sessions and outdoor group classes. Designed for 5–20 students, these boot-camp-style workouts include core training, calisthenics, body-weight exercises, and stretching. Participants also receive tutelage in breathing and relaxation, as well as nutritional guidance.
Inside the impressive facility of White Tiger Taekwondo, instructors lead students of all ages and experience levels through the exercises and practices of the martial arts. Designed for kids as young as two, classes cover disciplines from contact-intensive MMA-style Hapkido to self-defense specifically for women. Besides four matted training areas, the facility includes a full gym with a weight room, a cardio center, a suspended running track, rock climbing wall, wet and dry saunas, and tanning.
When Kayleigh Scott was offered the reins to the preschool cheerleading company where she once coached, she seized the opportunity as a chance to reinvent the business. Kayleigh, who has 11 years of cheer experience, added competitive and noncompetitive classes that embrace all ages, although the business specializes in competitive cheerleading. Recently, she unveiled the new gym that her labor of love, Alpha Athletics, now calls home. The staff?with 45 years of combined experience?facilitates teamwork and fun at classes and camps that range from basic cheer and tumbling to the challenging all-star cheerleading squad.
Elite-level physical fitness isn?t just a goal at Cary CrossFit at Athletic Lab. It?s a passion that drives coaches and exercisers alike during Olympic-inspired workouts. Goal-oriented and intense, like a staring match between two dark-roasted coffee beans, each CrossFit session squeezes a hearty dose of cardio and strength work into 55 minutes. Teams of fitness-seekers band together during group training, cheering one another toward personal bests during exercises such as squat variations, handstand pushups, and kettlebell swings. In a 7,500-square-foot training area, medicine balls and lifting platforms encourage muscles to ripple, and a 45-meter track inspires calories to melt during sprints and plyometric drills. In addition to absorbing training tips from a staff of certified strength and conditioning coaches and even a PhD-level sport scientist, clients seeking sports-performance gains can build power, speed, and agility using equipment from Legend Fitness, Ivanko, Concept 2, and Pendlay. Those looking to lose weight can sign up for a BodyMetrix test, which analyzes the body?s levels of muscle and fat using ultrasound as high-tech as a segway-drawn carriage.
The staff at Too Sexy knows just how tough it can be to get in shape. Two instructors have gone on lengthy personal weight-loss journeys: one lost 60 pounds, while the other lost more than 200 pounds. They aim to make others’ journeys easier by enlivening workout regimens with high-energy classes, such as Latin dance-inspired Zumba, boot camp, and line dancing. They also offer flexibility-enhancing yoga classes as part of a robust schedule of more than 50 classes per month.