Going to the gym can be an intimidating experience without a kindhearted gym staff and the proper support group of peers for encouragement. Go Figure Gym’s friendly fitness gurus are determined to cultivate a safe, nonjudgmental environment where women can get in shape together. Classes such as Zumba, 30-minute workout circuit training, and hula hoops promote a sense of community as participants sweat side by side, shaking their rumps to Latin music, running in place, and playing Hot Potato with blocks of concrete.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Mossa routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
In 1976, Joe Gold, a Muscle Beach ringleader, founded the iconic World Gym, which prides itself on its serious, no-nonsense workouts. Over the years, the results-focused gym has attracted various celebrities as well as regular folks, who are drawn to the gym's belief that "everyone's a star" and has the power to be great.
World Gym Phoenix sets clients up for success by offering each member a fitness orientation with a trainer, plus weight-loss and nutrition counseling. It is equipped with everything from TRX suspension systems to spin bikes to cardio equipment linked to 42-inch flat-screen TVs.