Keizer Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Steele’s Karate teaches students of all ages how to defend themselves; however, the classes emphasize the importance of humility and self-control above all else. The instructors can incorporate elements of karate, boxing, and kickboxing into their lessons, introducing clients to a variety of techniques while still helping them develop strength, flexibility, and stamina. These classes tend to be held in the 2,000-square-foot training space on the studio’s main floor, although the center also features a lower level—complete with heavy bags, free weights, and regulation-size boxing ring—where visitors can work out at their own tempo.
For more than 35 years, guests of Courthouse Athletic Club have conquered every hindrance to personal health, taking advantage of a multilayered approach that addresses fitness, diet, and broader facets of well being. Beyond basic features such as weight training, cardiovascular equipment, and immobile floors that force walking, membership grants access to more than 320 group fitness classes that populate each week's schedule, integrating practices such as Pilates and yoga along with aqua Zumba and Jazzercise. Courthouse Athletic Club's personal trainers follow the philosophy that being fit means being empowered to embark on any kind of adventure you want. A core tenet within that philosophy is the belief in fun. The staff does not emphasize a rating system or hierarchy, instead evaluating progress in terms of whether clients become more able to experience an enjoyably active life. Onsite childcare providers take care of young ones while parents work out, and many youth activities also keep kids busy, including swimming and special-needs dance classes. Courthouse Athletic Club is also part of a network of 70 clubs in the Pacific Northwest; members can work out at those facilities as guests when on the road.
For the instructors at Dragonfly Martial Arts, Tae Kwon Do is more than self-defense: it's also a way to increase confidence, social skills, and health. They teach this and more during the 45-minute classes, which are held in a spacious studio with student dressing rooms and a large waiting room for family members.
The black-belt instructors at Way of Life Taekwondo & Fitness Arts lead students ages 3 and older through the crescent kicks, punches, and blocks of traditional and competition tae kwon do. Throughout each class, they emphasize self-confidence, fostering a positive environment where students gain strength and flexibility as well as self-defense techniques. Fully realized fitness buffs, the team instructors also help students roast calories with resistance weights and athletic equipment through Apex Fitness classes.