Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness?having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, and cardio equipment with built-in TVs?installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies.
Prana Yoga School of Yoga and Health takes its name from the Sanskrit word for "breath," a vital life force. As part of the studio's mission, its instructors aim to expose students to all the benefits of yoga and holistic health in a welcoming and nonjudgmental environment. With 60 classes available each week, Prana Yoga's two locations offer sessions designed for practitioners of every experience level. During all-levels courses, instructors invite all students to practice together while also modifying and adjusting poses for those who need it. Restorative sessions help practitioners relax, and prenatal courses bring relief to mothers-to-be.
In addition to group yoga, the facility hosts private one-on-one yoga, teacher-training programs, and a variety of workshops. Massage therapists are also available to perform Thai, hot-stone, and Swedish massages. As part of a commitment to giving back to the community, the founder of Prana Yoga also runs the Pranayoga Foundation, which brings yoga therapy to people with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Built by women for women, Body Design for Women's fitness classes and programs center around helping women achieve their fitness goals. The staff, composed entirely of female certified personal trainers and fitness assistants, aids weight loss with classes such as low-impact circuit training, Zumba, and Piloxing, a Pilates-boxing fusion.
The staff also leads one-on-one sessions and teaches clients that they should kick anybody who offers them junk food in the shins. The gym's complimentary online food journal, exercise demos, and healthy recipe ideas furnish further weight loss outside the gym.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats are as varied as the workouts themselves. At the Wallen Road location, there are Jazzercises geared toward sculpting your bod, as well as dance-circuit training to help you get those arms you asked for last Christmas. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Elena Soto knows the value of hard work. She became serious about fitness after the birth of her first child, and even the diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder and the potential to end up in a wheelchair didn't slow her down. Today, she channels her 10 years of training experience into creating personalized fitness routines for guests of all levels and leading them in a variety of classes.
Immediately after taking her first yoga class, Christa Smith was hooked on the practice. She resolved to pursue it as a career, and went on to earn a 200-hour teacher certification. Upon opening Simply Yoga, she joined four instructors who lead classes for all skill levels and body types. The instructors work to create a non-competitive atmosphere that, like a jet pack, provides an escape from the outside world.