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.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
YogahOME helps clients shed stress while nurturing strength and balance thanks to its practice of Vinyasa yoga, which matches body movements with inhalation and exhalation. Classes coordinated by experienced teachers are offered throughout the week and feature varying degrees of difficulty, such as gentle Vinyasa, moderate Hatha, hot Vinyasa, and many others. Though there are classes for different ability levels, no class is too difficult, since participants determine their own pace and level of pose extension. Since you can purchase up to two of these Groupons, mix and match six different classes to find your perfect center and qi. Mats and props (blocks and straps) are also available for rental.
To program director William Brashear and his team of teachers, yoga is a spiritual journey that begins within while a person is creating a bond with humanity. They inspire students of all ability levels to seek this inner peace in their classes, which cover a variety of styles. Options range from Mysore—a meditation-focused discipline—to power yoga—a vigorous Vinyasa-based course—to gentle yoga—a slower-paced rehabilitative class. To zero in on students' specific areas of concern, they lead one-on-one sessions, helping them master their techniques and learn Sanskrit words such as, "asana" which means "pose," or more commonly, "Can you please help me? My leg is stuck behind my head."
In addition to yoga, the school provides healing services, including Ayurvedic Thai yoga massage, in which a trained practitioner gently pulls arms and legs and twists torsos and shoulders in an effort to loosen the muscles and release stress. It also hosts yoga- and meditation-centric events and organizes calming retreats to locales such as Leeland Valley.
In addition to its extensive list of fitness classes and well-furnished workout studio, Revolution Fitness harbors a community of patrons seeking a healthier lifestyle and the desire to attain that goal with the support and camaraderie of others. The studio’s client base takes advantage of 20 pieces of cardio equipment—such as the Cybex Arc Trainer—featuring personal TV screens and 80 channels of entertainment.
Group fitness rooms host sessions of TRX training or Pilates reformer as guests peddle toward their ideal physique on one of 20 cycles in the spin room. Offering a personalized approach to fitness without the arduous task of teaching a treadmill to speak your name, Revolution’s certified trainers inspire patrons to actualize their goals with one-on-one support and motivation. And to supplement, an onsite nutritionist balances the physical training with professional advice.
Patty first discovered rock climbing in college. “I got sucked in right away,” she says. Before long, she found herself marrying a fellow climber—a man she met at Climb Time back when it was still managed by the original owners who also blended their relationship with climbing. “They got married at the gym,” Patty says, describing how the first owners scaled the roof to say their "I dos." Though Patty and her husband didn’t exchange rings at the top of a wall, they did decide to buy the gym.
The expansive arena challenges climbers with a 24-foot climbing wall, where novice and expert mountaineers alike grasp handholds with chalked palms or coax a gorilla to carry them up piggyback style. Along the other side of the facility, Patty and crew dare climbers to test their strength on a wide array of 15- to 60-degree bouldering inclines that sit above moveable pads to cushion jumps or falls.