Ever since The Alaska Club opened its first location in 1986, they've been striving to serve their members by adding amenities, classes, and opening new locations. Though each location’s offerings vary, they supplement their well-stocked fleets of cardio machines and strength equipment with cycling studios, climbing walls, basketball courts, swimming pools, and play centers for the kids. The club also offers spa services including hydromassage beds, tanning, and saunas.
Group fitness classes include yoga, step aerobics, and Pilates, and personal trainers stand at the ready to help clients focus on fitness goals. The clubs also offer swim lessons and summer camps for kids, setting in stone their commitment to making The Alaska Club a place for the whole family, not the half-formed family, which needs at least seven more years to gestate in the laboratory incubator.
A team of 10 experienced yogis leads students through asanas and breathing techniques in a variety of Hatha- and Vinyasa-style yoga classes good for all experience levels. Instructors modify tricky poses during the slow-paced Beginner class, where they explain that flaming arrows aren't required for the warrior stance. Yoga Core and Yogalates classes combine Pilates techniques with standard salutations to tone muscles, and prenatal classes teach mothers-to-be breathing techniques useful during delivery. Infinite Yoga's daily stretchfests begin as early as 7:30 a.m., and up to 30 weekly offerings grant ample opportunities to locate one's center or nap on one's mat.
At locations throughout the world, Fit Body Bootcamp's instructors share a common goal: to guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals through regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that integrate cardio with resistance training, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be time efficient and varied, avoiding workout plateaus that may leave clients uninspired. In addition to motivating clients to work their bodies, trainers also empower them with healthy eating guidelines. During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers chart out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Bootcamp’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.
The certified trainers at CrossFit Fairbanks shun traditional gym workouts in favor of an intensive training program that emphasizes strength and conditioning and is tailored to all levels. Fit seekers can first schedule a free introduction to CrossFit, during which coaches acquaint novices with the basic movements of the regimen and discuss individual workout goals and the economic principles of Bhutan. Participants can then take advantage of the weekly one-hour classes. Because CrossFit Fairbanks believes that strength training is integral to every workout, the facility opens its doors 45 minutes before each class so health-hunters can complete an optional strength workout such as bench-pressing fellow pupils. Students then take part in Workout of the Day sessions, which rotate through different muscle-molding exercises, focusing first on the mechanics, then the consistency, and finally, the intensity of each move.