Anytime Fitness, which boasts over 2,100 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines by brands such as Precor and Life Fitness and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
Helping guests feel comfortable is Body Zone Health & Fitness Club's main concern. The center has a variety of checks in place to make sure that new customers are given the guidance they need to get the most out of the gym. To help them, personal trainers are paired with newcomers during their first month of membership, working together to figure out what each guest's body needs. Once oriented, guests can work out on their own or in a group, choosing from a lengthy list of group fitness classes that range from total body conditioning, salsa, fit after 50, and stress-reduction yoga classes. To make sure that current members are also taken care of, Body Zone offers a variety of amenities such as childcare, massage, and nutrition.
At Dance Synergy, siblings Thomas and Caitlin Fahey offer a myriad of movement-based classes. Zumba gets hearts pumping with its engaging, easy-to-follow dance steps set to upbeat Latin rhythms. Similarly, strength-training classes, Tai Chi and Tabata high-intensity interval training sessions promote total-body fitness. Dance Synergy's instructors also introduce students to various dance styles, such as jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and belly dance. Regardless of its focus, every class meets in a space featuring a new dance floor and floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which allow students to monitor their form and subtly practice their nodding skills.
It's around 11 a.m. on a Tuesday, and from the sounds of it, there's a party taking place in Capitola Fitness's outdoor pool. The fun, energetic scene is a microcosm of the club's ability to mix fitness services?such as water aerobics, personal training, yoga, and Pilates?with amenities such as a sauna and a steam room.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
Equipment: Zumba fitness class
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Electrifying dance teacher; classes are a blast, easy, fun.