Zip Fitness's staff strives to keep intimidation from creeping in to each of the five gyms. To welcome all exercisers—even those who have never had gym memberships before—Gym Geniuses stroll through each location donning bright-red shirts that signal their availability to help guests operate the various machines and guide them in drafting fitness goals and coming up with routines for the day. They've stocked each location with strength equipment from brands such as Precor and Life Fitness, and a guided strength circuit's 30-minute full-body workout takes the guesswork out of toning physiques. Rows of cardio equipment include treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and recumbent bikes, along with rowing machines and StairMaster step mills. For stretching and ab work, bands, balls, and body bars abound, and free weights include dumbbells, barbells, and tamed school bells.
Gold memberships unlock additional perks, such as unlimited access to Hex II tanning booths and the ActivTrax online fitness and nutrition coach, which plots out workouts and offers nutrition tools tailored to each user's goals, from slimming down to having the flexibility to comb your hair with your feet.
Stocked with five tanning beds and a seasoned staff of technicians, Toucan Tan bequeaths skin with a flawless and natural-looking glow, be it from UV light or sunless spray. Pristinely clean wooden floors and a hoard of pre- and posttan lotions lead the way from the lobby into private tanning rooms, where aqua-drenched walls set a beach-like scene. Here, color-thirsty skin can bask in a Level 1 Solaris bed—fortified with three face tanners for an extrabronze visage—or drink up an even tone in the standup SunScape 756. Alternatively, tanning techs, who come armed with up to seven years of spritzing experience, can mist bodies by hand with a UV- and chemical-free blend of açaí berries, sugar, beets, and aloe vera. In as little as five minutes, this custom tan infuses skin with a streak-free glow that lasts for up to seven days and eschews the fake orange tinge rendered by the antiquated sunless-tanning method of making out with a bag of cheetos.
A plush sectional couch, flat-screen TV, and fish tank give Soleil Tanning Salon’s reception area the comforting touches of a family room. The same welcoming attention is offered by the attentive staff members, who give each client a piggyback ride to their private treatment room and offer helpful instructions on using the tanning beds and standup booth. A slate of tanning products, including Australian Gold and Swedish Beauty, are available for clients’ bronzing experiences.
True to its name, Almost in Florida Tanning & Resort Wear gives clients a healthy glow of golden hues. Five levels of standup and lie-down sun beds bronze skin while clients enjoy luxurious extras such as air-conditioned quarters, surround sound systems, and a therapeutic massaging mattress. Mystic Tan automated booths, meanwhile, spritz physiques in a custom, UV-free hue. A range of resort wear from designers such as Nautica, Tommy Bahama, Vix, L* Space, and Kenneth Cole enable customers to channel a beachside vacation without the hassles of checking baggage or the trauma of seeing a real-life hermit crab.
For a sunny glow in the off-season, tan-seekers needn't travel south, or open the mason jar of sunbeams they pickled months prior. Instead, they can approximate the Sunshine State's glowy gift with a trip to California Tan & Spa. Swaying on one of the swings in the terracotta lobby, clients consider their options. The warming glow of a horizontal or vertical UV bed will impart an even, all-over tan. The technician-wielded airbrush machines, meanwhile, dispatch a customized mist of gold. Non-tan options include body wraps designed to relax and detoxify.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths?such as VersaSpa?or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.