Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. One month of gym access equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon held in a swimming pool filled with mud. With personal LCD TVs and headphones on every piece of cardio equipment, runners infuse their heart-pumping routine with a hearty dose of entertainment while buffing up the muscles necessary to venture into eye-contact sports. A member of the on-staff fitness force will share knowledge of nutrition, the equipment, and sound exercise principles during a free personal-fitness orientation.
At Feels So Good Fitness, instructor Carolyn Angello leads sweat-slicked students in a variety of aerobic activities. A weekday-evening Zumba class scrubs work stress from limbs with sudsy Latin-infused beats and sponges soaked in daydreams. Jump-start a draggy a.m. routine with morning classes on Mondays and Saturdays. All five classes must be used within a month of redeeming this Groupon. Call ahead or check the schedule to verify the location of a class.
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 by 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.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
After 28 years in the United States Army and 16 years as a master fitness trainer and personal trainer, Trish Fisher understood firsthand what it takes to stay fit, especially when injuries get in one's way. To share her hard-won knowledge with the public, she became DeVoir Fitness Studio's director and began choosing and designing programs to help clients get and stay fit. She works with other trainers who also bring their own expertise to the programs. Together, they teach a wide array of classes that range from proprietary workout programs such as Piloxing, Pilates and R.I.P.P.E.D. to small group-focused, intense workouts such as Boot Camp, Kettlebells and T-DeZyne.