Anytime Fitness welcomes exercisers to its securely locked workout havens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The Madison locations equip bodies with enough treadmills, elliptical trainers, and weight machines to train them to run a marathon in a swimming pool filled with mud. Recumbent bikes encourage visitors to relax as they pedal, and dumbbells let them perform bicep curls and rousing renditions of “Silver Bells.” Gym members can run, stretch, and lift with maximum efficacy as friendly staffers shower them with encouragement and equipment-safety tips. Today’s deal also treats bodies to 30 days of tanning and a complimentary fitness assessment, which helps individuals set goals for their workouts and track their progress toward becoming a newspaper reporter that moonlights as a circus strongman.
Certified Pilates instructor Elizabeth Thorne delights in teaching others how to be more healthy and aware of their bodies. In her group Pilates mat and prop classes, she helps students build their core strength and improve flexibility while balancing the whole body, using movements that sculpt long, lean muscles.
The Janesville Athletic Club and its downtown express location increase heart rates with a full range of equipment and amenities. Beyond standard weights and cardio machines, the club offers 300+ fitness classes per month and court space to practice basketball, tennis, and even pickleball, a fast-growing sport that involves hitting a ball with a paddle and drinking brine instead of Gatorade. Off the gym floor, members can visit the tanning beds, hit the showers, or pick up supplements at the pro shop.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
Many in the fitness industry have tried to simplify the act of exercising, but few have narrowed down the steps as effectively as eStrength and Fitness. The website, which is managed by Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Arreola and his staff of fitness instructors, nutritionists, and therapists, only requires exercisers to have Internet access. Once they do, they are free to browse the site's daily 30-minute bodyweight workouts and health-boosting nutrition tips.