The wellness experts at Health Advantage Fitness know that an able body doesn't come from exercise alone. Gym workouts are just the foundation for a healthier body. That's why their gym offers more than just rows of treadmills and shelves of free weights. In addition to the typical gym machines, a nutritional counselor and chiropractor also perform other wellness services, from diet help to spinal adjustments.
In Village Fitness's 14,000-square-foot space, trainers whip clients into shape with group classes and personal-training sessions. The classes focus on fitness modalities ranging from BarreAmped to spinning to Tai Chi. The team's personal-training sessions, meanwhile, help clients achieve their fitness goals, whether they're focused on improving their sports performance or slimming down. The gym's saltwater pool, meanwhile, plays host to swimmers' practice laps, and the onsite caf? sates appetites with smoothies, protein bars, and other healthy staples.
The staff at Omni Health and Fitness Center works to make the gym a one-stop shop for its members' fitness needs. The club's impressive inventory aids in this pursuit, with more than 75 cardio machines, tens of thousands of pounds of free weights, and strength-training equipment from Life Fitness. Parents can drop their youngsters off at the kids' zone or children's nursery before pumping iron or grabbing a spot in the cardio cinema room, which, like Jack LaLanne’s living room, allows people to work out while enjoying a movie in surround sound. The gym's trainers, meanwhile, lead one-on-one workouts as well as group fitness classes such as Pilates and Body Pump. After exercising, members can refuel at the juice bar.
Gymnastics rings, a tattered American flag, and a floor-to-ceiling climbing rope make the gym at CrossFit 704 look more like an Olympic training facility. Within its walls, CrossFit-certified trainers lead new workouts every day that they design to incorporate functional movements from everyday life—from lifting and throwing to carrying and running. Though the workouts (known as Workouts of the Day, or WODs) change every day, they could often incorporate exercises such as running, weight lifting, dips and pull-ups on gymnastics rings, or other dynamic exercises such as heaving kettlebells.
Though CrossFit Huntersville's certified trainers come from diverse competitive backgrounds, including Olympic weightlifting, professional motorsports, and tennis, they all have one thing in common: a passion for the CrossFit program's blend of varied, functional movements. Workouts change from day to day, but often incorporate running, jumping, pressing objects over the head, deadlifting, and rowing—all deemed "functional" exercises because they focus on movements that the body does naturally. Each workout of the day (WOD) is scalable to suit any level of fitness.
The family-owned CrossFit affiliate is free of mirrors to thwart self-judgment. Barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and plyo boxes take the place of typical gym staples such as cardio machines and cardboard cutouts of Mr. T.