Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.
Excuses aren’t an option at From Flab 2 Fab Fitness, where experienced trainers create programs that aim to accommodate as many personalities and schedules as possible. Group boot-camp classes take form in both adult sessions and Mommy & Me workouts, where mothers can bring along and engage kids aged 2 months to 4 years. The trainers' running classes are goal-oriented to help pupils achieve milestones, be they 1 mile or 5 kilometers. For DIY types, they fashion online programs, which include custom workout plans, weekly phone consultations, and meal planning for the whole family.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Charles Dao has gained success as a physical trainer by following the rule that the body and mind need to be trained to work in tandem. He and his team focus on conditioning students, teaching them to efficiently use their bodies and to analyze the science behind each movement during the fun, energetic, and challenging sessions. By syncing the brain with physical training, athletes can learn which muscles to engage for faster sprints and greater flexibility. The iCON Sports Alliance staff also offers a variety of services such as youth sports training, hot yoga, and physical therapy.
Equipment: Kettlebells, hand weights, resistance bands, jump rope, boxing gloves
Students should bring: Mat, towel, water, hand weights
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Everyone starts somewhere. This class has modifications for all ages and levels.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have a fun social environment. I like to do a lot of team and group exercises which helps everyone motivate each other. I try to bring a healthy snack with recipe to share with the group after class. They all love that.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Enjoy being outdoors and making new friends.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
We do a warm up with a run or jump rope, then dive into functional training. We rotate between exercises. No two classes are the same, so you never get bored and you keep your muscles guessing. We will work your entire body with a focus on core and stability training.