Gretchen Dusseau and Keri Crost faced a challenging paradox: how could those with little time achieve the level of fitness their body needs?This is when they founded their own fitness philosophy, launching System of Strength.
At SOS, Gretchen and Keri's team take participants through a five-part training system that covers metabolic, eccentric, strength, and isometric training, with a healthy smattering of stretching and diet tossed into the bargain. This approach guides each of SOS?s classes, creating dynamic workouts that incorporate exercises such as plyometrics, yoga poses, and Pilates combinations that can be adjusted for every fitness level.
Gretchen and Keri empathize with their clients, understanding how easily mental obstacles and everyday distractions can get in the way of a fitness regimen, what with family obligations and smart phones that need to be fed every hour. To help clients soldier through these challenges, they pepper SOS?s site with motivational quotes and posts success stories as sources of inspiration.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym?s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club?s nearly 2,400 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym?s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the private restroom for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds can be added onto their membership for an additional fee.
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.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
With its clay-tile roof and stories of columned arcades overlooking a grassy field and bubbling waterfall, Vita Fitness Corazón resembles a Roman villa more than a traditional gym. Guests strengthen their heart on high-tech Cybex cardio machines, or tone muscles in yoga, Zumba, and spin classes led by qualified personal trainers. Members glide through a lap in the outdoor pool, or perfect their backswing on the campus's six tennis courts. Even the locker rooms surround guests with an air of luxury, with lavish hardwood wardrobes, full towel service, and a secluded spa attached to each facility.