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.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Super Impact Fitness Studio eschews clunky and cumbersome gym equipment for a "classes only" workout mantra, rallying physiques between exposed-brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows for routines led by certified instructors. Guests can sync their breathing to match meditative Vinyasa yoga poses or follow intuitive Zumba dance steps for a full-body burn. Boot-camp drills merge strength and cardio training to target oft-overlooked muscles in ears and phantom limbs. Spin, dance, and mixed-martial-arts sessions—helmed by cage fighter Michael "Sharp" Sanders—also fuel fat-busting drills. The staff promotes a well-rounded approach to health with holistic lifestyle counseling and plans to lodge local artwork, theater rehearsals, and zoological exhibits smaller than a breadbox during SIF Studio Presents showcases.
Hamilton Health and Fitness takes a naturalistic approach to holistic wellness, reflected in the architecture of its warm, sunlit structure whose walls merge with natural stone and wood finishes. Largely composed of recycled materials, the building's eco-conscious construction mirrors a regard for wellness that permeates its gym services. The staff at Hamilton Health and Fitness believes in distinct approaches to mental and physical strength, hosting group classes and personal-training services that weave in customized nutrition advice to form a well-rounded support network.
A network of futuristic exercise machines and inventive classes complement the luminous interior. Matrix equipment brings futuristic flair to the luminous interior, each outfitted with 15-inch televisions casting a glow over each pedaling guest. Virtually eliminating the need for a dedicated robot manservant, the G7 strength series counts reps automatically. In the fully equipped Project Pilates studio, Reformers and Wunda Chairs await visitors. The heated indoor pool hosts solo lap workouts, Water Bootcamp classes, and family swim. Even little ones can romp through a fitness landscape in the supervised children's room and jungle gym.
In New York-style salsa dancing, the break steps occur on the second and sixth beats, not on the first and fifth like most dances. Because of that, dancers refer to the style as "On2". Few know the unorthodox style of stepping better than the instructors at Salsa Fever On2 Dance Academy. Led by founder Mario B, they schedule classes for students of all experience levels, even those with two left feet or more than two left feet. Their beginner classes introduce inexperienced dancers to the fundamentals of spinning, twirling, shining, timing, and musicality, while advanced classes do the same but at a more frenzied pace.
JC Kickboxing Academy’s founder, Master Felix Claudio, boasts 35 years of martial-arts and law-enforcement training experience, along with five US National’s gold medals and a place in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Claudio and his staff of seasoned and certified instructors lead classes for children, teenagers, or adults, tailoring curriculums to augment physical ability and coordination while promoting self-esteem and a deep animosity against punching bags. Adults torch calories in JC Kickboxing Academy's kickboxing program, which fuses martial arts and cardio exercise, or study law-enforcement self-defense strategies in comprehensive combat workshops. An after-school program can pick whippersnappers up from school and transport them to the center, where attentive instructors deliver martial-arts classes and homework help. The eight-week summer camp engages kids with tae-kwon-do lessons, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, theatre, and field trips, while distracting them from less desirable summer activities such as watching TV or training the neighborhood dogs to perform West Side Story.
At Duncan Martial Arts, instructor Gregory Duncan carries on his father’s legacy by teaching the Way of the Winds system. The first martial artists to bring ninjutsu to the United States, Gregory’s father, Professor Ronald Duncan, created a system that emphasizes rapid-fire striking patterns, evasive movements, and joint locking. Implementing elements of traditional taijutsu and jujitsu, the Way of the Winds system also includes education in traditional weaponry, such as sais, tonfa, han-bo, nunchakus, and more. Classes help build self-confidence and mental focus as students learn control over their bodies and responses to high-stress situations, such as a stranger approaching them in a dark alley and asking them to name all the vice presidents in alphabetical order. To expand upon the influences of Eastern fitness traditions, the center also offers yoga classes designed to center the mind and strengthen the body.