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.
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.
At Inspire Fitness of Columbus, engaging instructors propel exercisers toward fitness goals during fun group workouts. The studio specializes in Zumba classes, which whirl Latin-inspired dance steps and rhythmic music into parties that celebrate fitness and community. Parquetry lines the spacious dance floor, where participants can shimmy and shake without crashing into their neighbors. More energizing than coffee brewed in a particle accelerator, Zumba soundtracks teem with salsa, hip-hop, and reggaeton beats handpicked by Grammy-winning producers. Boot camps and toning classes complement Zumba’s cardio workout by cultivating strength, muscle tone, and core stability.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet, no flip-flops or slides.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun and easy dance instruction
Recommended Age Group: Adults
At Victory Fitness Center, members pump iron in the weight room and pedals on the stationary bikes before giving weary muscles respite in the whirlpool or sauna. Besides providing fitness coaching to keep everyone on the right track, the gym also provides an environment free of intimidation with men- and women-only workout areas. To supplement those workouts, the staff designs easy-to-follow weight-loss programs, and certified trainers lead group classes such as Zumba, boxing, and boot camp.