With a focus on full-body training rather than muscle-isolating machines, Vaughn Bethell’s sprawling 12,000-square-foot gym eschews the traditional rows of high-tech equipment for functional gear such as giant tires, kicking bags, and training ropes. Of course, Bethell—a qualifying World Cup soccer player who has trained many pro-athletes-to-be—believes that the best piece of equipment is the human body itself. He relies on his bevy of fitness-related certifications to craft effective exercises that draw from the body’s own weight to create muscle-toning resistance. He uses these functional movements in a variety of services at his high-ceilinged studio, including athlete training, women’s boot camps, and personal-training sessions.
Bethell also prides himself on cultivating a welcoming nature in his gym, inviting guests to cool down in the lounges or showers before playing a round on the ping-pong tables or dead-lifting the communal computers.
Owner Shannon Hudson developed the 30-minute circuit to be fast and challenging with a pinch of hateful fun so participants stay engaged while getting ripped. The workout program includes a certified trainer who will provide guidance through stages such as jump rope, speed bag, heavy bag, and more. By combining the best functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens into one beast of a workout, the 9Round training program places a great deal of emphasis on results, just like the retired Keebler elves that now live inside Scantron machines.
Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses. A 30-day all-access membership (a $69 value) gives bodies access to enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them capable of running a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud.
Willow Creek's 6,890-yard course is woven into a landscape of shimmering water features and lush groves to create a placid, yet challenging, course. Send orbs soaring over meticulously maintained bermudagrass fairways and land them atop subtle, rolling Crenshaw bentgrass greens. Aboard the included cart, players can zip from tee to green, avoiding exhaustion and sentient windmills while saving energy between flurries of orb whacking and divot flinging. After a round spent navigating Willow Creek's bunkers and trees, take repose at the course's grill, or seek out expert advice and new equipment in the fully stocked pro shop.
Professional bodybuilder and certified personal trainer Charles Dixon works to help clients get in the best shape of their lives through fitness assessments and one-on-one training. Training sessions mix strength and interval work in attempts to boost the metabolism and help the body shed fat more quickly. Nutritional advice helps ensure clients develop a healthy lifestyle and can keep fat off long-term.
Fitness 24 keeps its doors open to gym-goers at all hours of the day and night, providing convenient cardio and weightlifting opportunities overseen by an experienced team of body-bolstering trainers. Biceps bulge as their owners challenge Magnum and Nautilus weight equipment to arm-wrestling matches, and lung capacity increases and hearts get pumping with the help of Star Trac and Vision Fitness cardiovascular machines. For close, individualized torso-toning, a seasoned staff of expert trainers carefully conditions clients during 30-minute training sessions. The gym's locker rooms, equipped with showers and complimentary towel service, provide a clean, convenient space to transfer from toreador costumes to workout garb and vice versa.