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 team at Thrive Yoga have done something that human beings have attempted since the dawn of civilization: harnessed the power of the sun. The first thing that visitors to their expansive studio notice is the gentle heat that radiates throughout. That warmth comes from infrared energy, the same kind of energy produced by our solar system's favorite star. Absorbed through the skin, this energy compliments the exercises done during the studio's hot yoga classes. As students move through yoga poses, flow-sequences, and meditative moments, the infrared heat infuses their muscles with a healing warmth, conveying potential benefits ranging from toxin removal and increased circulation to boosted flexibility and decreased inflammation. The building itself also aids in the body's recovery; the studio boasts shock-absorbing Zebra floor mats, which cushion joints as they move through each class's exercises.
Quantum Fitness may span 40,000 square feet, but there's barely an inch to spare. That's because 100 cardio machines—each equipped with a TV—occupy a good portion of it. And then there are the areas dedicated to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. Plus, set-apart rooms hold the nursery and childcare spaces, steam room and sauna, and executive locker rooms with massage chairs and pool tables.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
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 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 in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.