Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
At Victory Fitness Center, members pump iron in the weight room and pedals on the stationary bikes before giving weary muscles respite in the whirlpool or sauna. Besides providing fitness coaching to keep everyone on the right track, the gym also provides an environment free of intimidation with men- and women-only workout areas. To supplement those workouts, the staff designs easy-to-follow weight-loss programs, and certified trainers lead group classes such as Zumba, boxing, and boot camp.
Shape Fitness believes that since exercise is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle, people should be able to fit a workout into their own schedules. This spacious gym is staffed and open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and clients here have access with their own key. Cardio and strength training equipment helps members stick to their fitness regimens, and group class are available for people who like to work out in a motivating, social environment. Certified personal trainers are also on hand to help train those looking to amp up their fitness routine.
Students should bring: Mat, towel, water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come with an open mind and be ready to sweat.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our passionate and skilled instructors allow each individual to take the practice to their own level, beginner to advanced. We believe that yoga is for everyone, and we provide non-intimidating environment.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Hot yoga is for everyone. Make the practice your own.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our classes are open to all levels, and we encourage you to pace yourself. And most importantly, remember to have fun.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
At Improvement Warrior Fitness, enthusiastic, experienced trainers use professional nutritional guidance and invigorating exercises to arm students with the motivation and know-how they need to take charge of their own health. Men and women of all ages and body types burn fat while building lean, powerful muscle through group fitness classes featuring TRX suspension, kettlebells, and intense cardio. After setting goals for themselves through one-on-one body fat analyses, trainees tackle challenging yet rewarding group workout regimens or build balance, strength, and flexibility with the studio's special brand of yoga.