At Bikram Yoga Hudson, sweating is a shower for the body, mind, and soul. In their new location, a 105-degree room summons beads of perspiration to oust pent-up toxins and stress during the studio’s 90-minute classes. The heat eases student's muscles into deep, relaxing stretches as they practice 26 hatha poses and controlled breathing techniques. In addition to boosting strength, flexibility, and concentration, these exercises propel fresh oxygen through the body to promote wellness and fill deflated water wings. Certified instructors shepherd students of all levels through the workout, reminding them to hydrate frequently and pose at their own pace, and afterwards students can wash off the sweat in one of the studio's showers.
Don't let the name fool you: no real witches compete in the Wicked Mud Run. That's because they would surely melt on the timed 5K's wet, muddy obstacles. Before crossing the finish line, participants must trudge waterlogged trenches, leap over walls and beams, and navigate their way through a sandbag gauntlet. Afterward, each muddy attendee hoses down before attending an awards ceremony for the top male and female racer. From there, post-race festivities commence with live music, barbecue sizzling on smokers, and torrents of Cisco beer filling glasses. A portion of the run's proceeds benefit charities such as the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.
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 Gym 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 along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.