No matter what time it is, someone somewhere is working out at Anytime Fitness. More than 1,800 franchised clubs across the country fling open their doors 24 hours a day, revealing gaggles of equipment designed to make working out less of a chore. Rows of Lifestyle Fitness treadmills and Precor ellipticals mounted with cardio TV let guests work out and catch up on their favorite shows, and Expresso game cycles blend the excitement of playing video games with the exercise of riding your bike to a friend's house to play video games. In addition to copious supplies of free weights, the gym also stocks a Koko all-in-one training machine. The futuristic robot-butler-esque equipment stores individual workout plans and progress on a chip so exercisers can track their performance over time on the built-in monitor.
Delaware Fit Factory is unlike any factory you've seen. For starters, there's no heavy machinery to take up space on the floor. The studio's instructors instead use the expansive space to their advantage, leading CrossFit and krav maga classes that focus respectively on functional fitness and real-world self-defense skills. Though the programs themselves don't change, the intensity of the workouts is individually scaled and the actual exercises vary constantly. Children looking to build the muscles necessary to tear through thick stacks of homework can check out the KidFit class, which involves fun activities such as running, jumping, and throwing.
Body Structure Fit doesn't offer personal training—it offers personalized training. Founder Connie Will started her company from the idea that true personal training could extend beyond a mere one-on-one workout. She takes the time to travel to her clients' homes or businesses, wherever's convenient, to lead high-energy workouts that incorporate strength-training and cardio fitness exercises to tone bodies. Beyond her 19 years of experience in the field and a certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Connie shares a knack for physical fitness that she has honed in fitness segments on the local news, her own instructional video, and radio features.
Doug Schwaberow was sick of the personal-training industry—the repetitive exercise programs, the competition between trainers, and the outdated, even dangerous techniques he saw some trainers using. So he decided to open Achieve Fitness as a better alternative for fitness and sports conditioning. He took a hands-on approach to designing each program, from two types of boot-camp classes to semiprivate fitness sessions. He and his team also lead Sports Performance training for kids from third grade to high school, helping them become stronger, more agile, and less prone to injuries.
Today's deal gets you two months of access to Jazzercise classes at any of the Nashville area's nine locations for $27. This funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen tightens muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds.Duke Ellington: Slept in a coffin which he believed granted him super-strengthCount Basie: Did jumping jacks until his heart exploded every dayCharlie Parker: Ate three raw eggs and four light bulbs for breakfastMiles Davis: A quirk in his recording contract made him legally unable to turn down a push-up contestJohn Coltrane: Built an Olympic-size swimming pool and filled it with angry lions for him to swim-fight
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.