Shortly after turning on Waterchase Boulevard, drivers are met by the Waterchase community's large white clubhouse. Inside, certified personal trainer Ryan Anthony draws from specialized training in interval fitness regimens, fat loss, and lean-muscle gain to push residents and nonresidents alike into sleek, muscular shape. The gym and fitness studio hosts personal-training sessions and group classes such as boot camp. Outside, exercisers can access a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an open field that is perfect for sports and mowing.
Translated to English, pura vida literally means "pure life," a mantra that the instructors at Pura Cycling Studio operate under daily. With popular tunes pumping through the studio's speakers, they lead groups of fitness enthusiasts through challenging, yet fun indoor cycling sessions. Morning Burn classes wake muscles up with 45 minutes of interval training, and Escape classes provide a 60-minute getaway through various climbs and stretches of flat road. When classes end, Pura transforms calories burned into charitable deeds, as the studio donates portions of its proceeds to the conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.
Premier Choice Fitness’ guests roam 15,500 square feet of floor space full of exercise equipment for self-guided workouts, private rooms for group fitness classes, and handpicked personal trainers ready for one-on-one and small-group sessions. Racks of free weights and iron-laden weight machines help to keep muscles as clearly defined as a prenuptial agreement, and exercise bikes and treadmills line the facility's television-bedecked wall, waiting for a fitness-minded visitor to give them a workout. Group classes meet in one of the center's mirror- or window-lined rooms, where students develop camaraderie during yoga, Zumba, or kickboxing sweat sessions. In addition to workout facilities, Premier Choice Fitness also keeps tabs on youngsters with childcare services and provides tanning sessions to leave customers perfectly bronzed and capable of photosynthesizing their own food.