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.
The instructors at Pure Body Fitness Studio, voted the Best Place to Workout in Best of Cary 2014 by the Cary News, specialize in motivating their patrons to have fun and socialize as they get into shape in group fitness classes. They lead more than 40 fitness classes for both beginners and more advanced fitness buffs, ranging from hot yoga and Pilates to Latin dance and spinning. During Les Mills classes, they focus on major muscle groups in BodyPump, endurance in BodyAttack, and core muscles in CxWorx. The vibrant atmosphere features bright, open classrooms, which are filled with heart-pumping music.
Krystal Reynolds always has had a passion for fitness that extended beyond just going to the gym. She learned early on that the secret to sticking to a workout was to vary the routine, as well as to rely on camaraderie and innovation to keep students excited. After melding that blueprint and with her 13 years of experience, Krystal finally had the formula to create Blaze Fit Studio. Krystal has mastered the practice of fusing multiple exercise disciplines together to help transform bodies and keep them running in tiptop shape.
Inside SYNCSTUDIO's cycling room students stand on stationary bicycles, moving their upper bodies in time with one another and the music in an effort to tone their cores and strengthen their legs. Meanwhile in the yoga studios, students move through poses designed to reduce stress, build strength, and burn calories. Other programs offered—including kettlebell training, TRX-suspension classes, and circuit training—aspire to promote total-body wellness. In addition to these fitness programs, sports nutritionists onsite can tailor individual diet plans to help members keep their bodies as harmonized and balanced as a tightrope-walking barbershop quartet.
RIDE Cycle Studio is designed with one purpose in mind: to inspire in fitness enthusiasts of all stripes a passion for cycling, no matter the weather. To that end, the fitness boutique schedules a surprisingly wide range of classes. There's the basic Ride On class, which challenges students with a series of sprints, hills, intervals, and jumps, and the more intense tabata ride that incorporates interval training. The In the Mix classes ramp up the excitement with live performances by local and national DJs, and end with an invitation to have a beer with your classmates. And then there's the outliers. Bar to Barre combines the cardio workout of a cycle session with the strengthening workout of a ballet barre class, and Cyclelates integrates a turn on the Pilates mat. Classes are scheduled every day, and the studio can handle 15 students at a time, or 30 if they are all unicyclists.
Julie Luther has spent the last 25 years encouraging greater health and fitness in whatever way she can. She has shared fitness secrets as a columnist for the Greensboro News and Record, created and hosted her own televised fitness show, and even spent three years training members of the Marine Corps Reserve. She continues her efforts at Julie Luther's PurEnergy Fitness Center, and has recruited a staff certified in personal training, spinning, yoga, and other fields to help people get in shape.
Rows of treadmills, weight machines, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines line the sage-green walls inside her intimate studio. Instructors encourage students through body-sculpting, yoga, and spinning classes, as well as SilverSneakers workouts designed to help older clients stay in shape and hustle youngsters in footraces. The coaches also structure specialized boot camps and 12-week personal-training programs to help individuals attain personal goals.