1-2-3's environmentally friendly machines (powered by neither electricity nor ground-up polar bears, just human energy) are easy to use and designed to maximize fitness without causing stressful joint impacts and muscle soreness. As you plow through the half-hour circuit-training sessions, you can guzzle free filtered water and mop up distracting sweat beads with complimentary towel service. Gym-goers will also receive four personal-training sessions with qualified, friendly trainers. The facility eliminates the stress and intimidation of larger gyms and gives working out the same familiar experience of the neighborhood pub. Shape up for shorter hemlines; rev up muscles to become more useful changing office water cooler barrels; or strut around with enviable calves after a few months of sessions at 1-2-3 Fit.
Todd Beckman, a three-decade veteran of the fitness industry, was curious to find out what works and what doesn't at big-name health clubs. After compiling his extensive research and drawing from his own experience, he set out to create the ideal gym. Hence, Xist Fitness was born. Beckman made sure to jam-pack the floors with rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes, as well as to include a dimly lit Cardioflix cardio theater where members can distract themselves from their increased heartbeats by watching a movie or loudly guessing the dialogue before its spoken. Beckman also incorporated equipment designed to facilitate functional training workouts, including Power Systems and TRX training equipment.
Members who decide to upgrade can enjoy the facility's tanning services, massage beds, and red-light-therapy treatments.
Finney’s Hit Squad's clients have diverse goals—learn to throw a punch, train for a fight, shed pounds, or generally have fun—but the perks are the same for all. Exercise enthusiasts find a full-service gym with all the strength and cardio tools needed to achieve total fitness, and a packed schedule includes classes that range from Zumba to Brazilian jujitsu. 3,000 square feet of Hammer Strength weightlifting equipment inspires members to build bulk, while a competition cage, boxing ring, and grappling area offer an easy place to test the skills learned in coed boxing classes or from watching Rocky 90 times.
Sunset Hills Community Center is home to 25,000 square feet of fitness and wellness facilities. Inside its 4,000-square-foot workout room, 20 cardio machines team up with strength-training machines, free weights, and kettlebells to whittle waistlines and carve chiseled physiques. Its expansive gymnasium metamorphoses into basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, and the sunlit multipurpose room resounds with the encouraging shouts of certified instructors as they lead an ever-changing mix of fitness classes, including Zumba, boot camp, and senior fitness.
In addition to group fitness classes, trainers lead individual or group training sessions and nutrition consultations to help patrons achieve their fitness goals. For youth fit seekers, the center hosts a summer hip-hop camp taught by the famed professional dancer and St. Louis–native Nick Gates, who teaches kids to serve even the smoothest of animated cat MCs. The center also sponsors a regular weight-loss challenge, in which competitors gain the tools to shed pounds while vying for cash prizes.
The sounds of flailing feet and fists correctly striking padded opponents pervade Absolute Martial Arts’ 3,600-square-foot facility, where students learn how to lose weight, tone up, and defend themselves simultaneously. Atop a large mat that the staff disinfects daily, professional instructors lead structured muay-thai kickboxing classes that slowly introduce exercisers to the fundamentals of the 1,000-year-old sport, which is similar to kickboxing and dissimilar to napping. Many of the trainers, including Thai-native Master Toddy, boast years of extensive training and practice, pushing students beyond their perceived limits but always keeping their safety in mind. It also offers Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed-martial-arts classes to allow students a chance to explore new forms or augment their muay-thai practice.