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.
When it comes to fitness, there's no such thing as one size fits all. The personal trainers at Positively Fit understand this. As such, they create customized health and fitness programs catered to each person's needs. First, they work with the understanding the every person is different. Along with this, the trainers account for body type, metabolism, and personal goals, working with nutritionists, massage therapists, and other experts to create optimal fitness programs. They also maintain a relaxed environment, so exercisers can enjoy themselves during personal training or strength training and conditioning sessions.
A cardio workout at Fitness 19 doesn’t just mean elevating your heart rate—it means choosing among state-of-the-art Life Fitness cardio machines, which range from treadmills and ellipticals to stair climbers and freight elevators. Free weights, such as plate-loaded Hammer Smith equipment, enhance the traditional strength workouts, and the squat machine and other weight apparatuses allow for more structured lifts. A team of personal trainers helps clients incorporate these fitness tools into personalized regimens, and workout classes such as the Silver Sneakers sessions for seniors.
Wildwood Athletic Club's workoutorium offers a premium fitness experience, overseen by a professional staff with a Spandex'd passion for wellness. With a two-month membership ($75 per month), clients will enjoy unlimited access to the more than 80 group exercise classes held weekly, including yoga, Pilates, spinning, and the dolphin-shaming aqua-robics. Check the class schedule for times and dates on available synchronized sweat sessions. In addition to hosting a tundra of treadmills and a desert oasis of dumbbells, Wildwood Athletic Club also fosters social interaction among its members, with a calendar of events sprinkled with wine tastings, dance parties, and pet-friendly get-togethers.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.