In the shadows of the Catalina foothills, Prestige Fitness's trainers inspire their clients to reach new heights. In 120 small group classes a week, instructors show exercisers how to push their muscles to the limit in TRX suspension sessions or get their blood pumping in vigorous spinning classes. Staff use the Polar BodyAge® system to assess clients' fitness level—a computerized fitness-assessment tool that measures oxygen usage, flexibility, and what percentage of the body is composed of Mountain Dew. The center also hosts whole body vibration machines, which tone muscles rapidly by inducing rapid involuntary muscle contractions in major groups.
Better Bodies wears many different hats. Though the upscale gym features classic strength-training equipment and cardio machines, it also offers nutritional counseling, personal training and group fitness classes, such as spinning, yoga, boot camp, and Pilates. Better Bodies' spacious layout and sleek decor provide a soothing atmosphere for fitness and relaxation alike. After an intense workout, you can recharge with a protein-rich smoothie at the café, refresh at the full onsite salon and spa, and then relax in the gender-separate steam rooms.
A partner gym of Rocks & Ropes, The Bloc climbing + fitness is a 20,000 square-foot, air-conditioned rock-climbing destination. Inside, a dozen autobelays allow visitors to make high, harness-assisted ascents. Or, you can test your bouldering skills on a 7,000 square-foot wall. In addition, the gym offers yoga, meditation, and pilates classes in its 2nd-story heartSTONE studio, welcoming both beginners and experts. The gym also includes cardio and weight equipment for those looking for a vigorous exercise or a heart-to-heart talk with a treadmill.
Anytime Fitness's health-club staffers never switch off the lights, offering 24-hour security and access to cardio equipment and weight training, including free weights and circuits. During daytime, the facility tones more than just muscles with onsite tanning beds that imbue skin with a summery glow. Cardio TV—broadcast directly to the treadmills, ellipitcals, and stationary cycles—occupies eyeballs and eardrums during long treks, after which patrons are often surprised to discover they've remained in exactly the same spot while traveling 30 minutes into the future.
For more than 20 years, Yoga Connection's classes have focused on stretching, strengthening, and breathing techniques?but founder and director Priscilla Potter isn't afraid of yoga's more holistic side, either. When she's not teaching, she's an astrologer and a meditation instructor, and her multifaceted perspective on yoga shines through in the studio's schedule. Sessions range from bouts of yin yoga to chakra yoga, which explores the body's seven energy centers.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.