At Core Fitness, muscle-makers can utilize and experience free weights, cardio classes, workout machines, and more. Over 145 classes per week range in level to suit fledgling fitness fans and experienced exercisers alike. Both locations are open 24 hours every day, ensuring even the busiest beekeepers have the opportunity to put down their apiary aprons and get fit. Choose from slimming, heart-pumping sessions like the Bodypump class, where muscle mavens can tone and define muscle without building bulk, or relax and revitalize mind and body with Warm Yoga Flow. Other choices include spin class, kickboxing and Zumba; all classes are lead by certified and sculpted instructors. Each facility also boasts saunas and steam rooms, as well as free parking to match their perpetual operating hours.
At Robin’s Nest Yoga Studio, certified instructors nurture students’ personal yoga practice with individualized attention. During both group and private sessions, yogis move about the room, modifying poses to suit varying skill levels. Teachers have stretched through at least 200 hours of training and bring their own personal styles to sessions, combining elements of meditation and strength training or blending sun salutations and poses that awaken the body and spirit, energizing students like a jog through a particle accelerator.
The schedule brims with one-hour classes that incorporate a variety of yoga styles, including hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa. To mix it up each week, the studio hosts a Sunday sampler that features focused breathing exercises and posing fundamentals such as arm balances and hip openers.
The professional trainers at Grit Gym take a no-nonsense approach to their job: they want to get athletes into peak physical form and have fun while doing so. Before starting personal-training sessions, a staff member assesses each individual's condition by checking their mobility and taking note of their fitness goals. Then, the trainers devise a tailored workout regimen that focuses on building your personal strengths; they'll work on giving you explosive energy if you're a linebacker or help you achieve long-distance stamina if you must run on a hamster wheel to power your house. Above all, the training team emphasizes a positive attitude and a sense of determination during classes and boot camps—instructors are quick to dish out positive feedback and constant support to keep clients motivated.
The certified trainers at Sweat, A Body Transformation recognize that boredom is one of the biggest reasons people give up losing weight. To keep workouts fresh and interesting, they have developed rigorous boot camp–style classes in which students get to sample a smorgasbord of workouts. Each morning and evening session has participants flipping tractor tires, toning cores with kettlebells, or honing functional strength by painting Mr. Miyagi’s fence. The expert trainers eschew shouting and intimidation, opting instead for positive reinforcement. After classes, students can cool down inside the center’s fully equipped locker rooms.
Cindy K’s, which boasts a cozy and noncompetitive atmosphere, is Iowa City's only full-service women's fitness center. Visitors can have a go on the elliptical machines, treadmills, and recumbent bikes, or pump some iron on the weight machines or the parking lot, where there are plenty of small cars available for lifting. After knocking out imaginary, sand-filled enemies on the punching bags, head to the infrared sauna to bask in the warm embrace of success. Eponymous owner Cindy K is an ACE-certified personal trainer, who, after single-handedly hoisting the sun above the horizon, opens her gym at 5 a.m. on weekdays and at 7 a.m. on Saturdays.
The coaches at Fit2Live—which include a former college-football conditioning coach and certified personal trainers—have watched more than 411 of their members lose more than 5,791 pounds as they went from leading a sedentary lifestyle to running a road race, competing in a triathlon, or completing a Tough Mudder. The motivating crew leads adult fitness programs including highly varied CrossFit classes and workouts designed specifically for men or women.