Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free personal-fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying program and teaches muscle-pumping principles of safe, effective exercise. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20/month) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
At Ellipse Fitness, the only pieces of machinery that you operate are the levers, pulleys, and ball-and-socket mechanisms of your own skeleton. The gyms abstain from treadmills and bikes in favor of a full class schedule and a cooperative group atmosphere. With 35 or more lessons scheduled per week, certified instructors guide students of all experience levels through an ever-changing line-up of strength and cardio drills. These routines incorporate tools such as resistance bands, TRX suspension cords, kettle bells, battling ropes, and kickboxing equipment, though the primary instrument is always the human physique.
In addition to their standard classes, the staff also hosts boot-camp sessions and seminars on mastering your metabolism. Their weight-loss programs encompass weekly check-ins, during which clients receive nutritional resources and gauge their progress by taking measurements instead of stockpiling all the food they didn't eat in a jar. Regardless of its ultimate goal, each Ellipse Fitness regimen involves personal attention and a holistic, full-body approach to wellness.
Fitnessology's crew of professional fitness consultants, nutrition counselors, and pain relievers works to help patrons meet their health and fitness goals with personal training, nutrition counseling, and small-group classes. Since she opened the business in 1995, owner Jacqueline Larsen, a fitness trainer since 1980 and a nationally ranked bodybuilder from 1994 to 2003, has focused on aiding clients in their quests for total-body wellness by teaching them how to integrate fitness, healthy habits, and thumb wars into their everyday lives. She is so committed to total wellness that she has created The Clinic—a subset of the Fitnessology facility that treats muscular pain and is staffed by a chiropractor, neuromuscular therapist, and corrective exercise specialist. Their thorough assessments and medical-term quizzes help them assess and understand pain before treating conditions that include lower-back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, and motion restrictions.
Curves houses a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and cope with arthritis. Instead of guests fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches each exerciser's abilities during their 30-minute workouts. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, machines use push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Jim's education wing boasts an impressive stable of professional, gifted instructors, including three-time Grammy nominee, Todd Buffa, who can prep your pipes for pitch-perfect performance as a personal voice instructor. Learn the ins and outs of tonality and pitch from Todd, who can talk about opening for Miles Davis or the night he and Michael Bolton found a Siberian tiger in their hotel room. Aspiring guitar-shredders and piano-pounders can also become proficient in scales, chords, and the melodic basics of their instruments. Jim's recommends bringing your own vocal chords, but it will provide guitars or pianos to instrument-less students during lessons. Lessons are scheduled based upon availability and demand, so prospective pupils should call ahead to reserve a spot.
Fitness 19 chisels existing humans into shapely body sculptures with a wide array of cardio, weight, and resistance-training equipment from the quality manufacturer Life Fitness. Members feast on the gym's cornucopia of workout machines, pumping up their pulses on the elliptical cross-trainers and preparing for an elevator-free postapocalyptic future on the stair climbers. Muscle-chasers can make use of a mélange of free weights, along with benches, power racks, and Smith-assisted squat machines.