Since Joe Gold opened his first fitness center more than 45 years ago, his namesake gym franchise has grown to more than 600 locations worldwide. The four locations near Ogden house workout floors furnished with loads of exercise equipment as well as studios for group classes such as cycling, yoga, and TRX training. Most Gold’s locations also feature Les Mills fitness classes such as Body Pump, Body Combat, and Body Attack, which keep things fresh by switching up their choreography and music every three months.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art based on self-defense that teaches wrestling-like grappling and ground-fighting skills to manipulate opponents into submission. Taught by black-belt native Brazilian fighters, Link's jiu-jitsu classes impart expert submission techniques with an emphasis on traditional Brazilian instruction and student safety when smothering unruly mailboxes in a triangle leg choke. In addition to absorbing rituals in the art of self-defense as jiu-jitsu Jedis, students also boost self-confidence and develop neglected muscles during intense full-body workouts. Link specializes in jiu-jitsu instruction, but classes in mixed martial arts and muay thai fighting provide disciplined cross-training challenges. Classes for beginners, experts, and all levels of students run Monday through Friday with enough flexibility to accommodate busy professionals, school-age children, and undercover heroes traveling on speeding passenger trains.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Husband-and-wife team Damon and Priscilla Stewart have turned their 6,000-square-foot gym into a veritable fitness factory, so much so that they're in the process of expanding to 11,000-square-feet. With the help of a smattering of barbells, Damon's nearly 5,000 hours teaching CrossFit, and constantly changing daily workouts, the duo churns out more chiseled bodies than the assembly lines that manufactured Michelangelo's sculptures. Along for the ride are coaches with résumés that cover everything from college sports, multiple marathons and triathlons, and careers in law enforcement.
The staff at My Gym Children's Fitness Center immerse kids aged 6 months to 13 years in age-specific classes designed to improve physical, cognitive, and social skills. The gym keeps a low student-to-teacher ratio by regularly cloning instructors, who help youngsters flourish during more than 20 weekly classes that incorporate upbeat music, games, and dance. Infants hone arm and trunk control through beginning stretches and baby-safe rides in the 45-minute Tiny Tykes class, and 2 and 3 year olds calibrate gross motor and manipulative skills through the structured games and pre-gymnastics of the one-hour Terrific Tots class. During the four-station circuit-training course and strength exercises of the Cardio Kids class, youths aged 7–13 focus on specific muscle groups to prepare for upcoming Ironchild competitions and enhance general health.
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.