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 along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Jazzercise 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. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Jess Thomas, the mastermind behind the military-style boot camps at Bootcamp with Jess and Company, draws inspiration from his US Army and law enforcement careers, striving to shock patrons into making life-changing decisions about their health with his high-intensity "no pain, no gain" fitness philosophy. Bootcamp with Jess and Company?s five locations resound with emphatic and loud positive encouragement given by Jess's troupe of fatigues-sporting instructors.
The boot camps commence with a five-day ?hell week,? in which guests strap on 30-pound vests and perform weight-training, agility, and endurance exercises. Throughout their physical trials, patrons learn about the body's muscle groups and how to wrestle the exercise machines into submission long enough to complete a workout. At the end of "hell week," students honor their hard work during a graduation ceremony, where they shed their weighted vests and have their measurements taken to mark their starting statistics before embarking on their six-week fitness journey. Boot camps are complemented by nutritional guidance, ensuring that all parts of the body are taken care of and patrons take a well-rounded approach to their wellness.
Performed in a room heated to at least 105 degrees and amid air thick with at least 40% humidity, Bikram yoga is designed to make you sweat. An offshoot of the hatha-yoga tradition, it consists of a series of muscle-stretching poses that challenge students to build strength, achieve mental and physical balance, and increase their stamina. Bikram Yoga West Jordan's new 3,500-square-foot studio provides one of the first official Bikram venues west of Salt Lake City and above Salt Lake Undercity. After the challenging practice, students can cool off with provided filtered water and ice, then hit the spacious changing rooms and showers to walk out into the world a changed person.
At the newly opened Nail Spa, chandeliers cast light through arched doorways, illuminating a plush lineup of pedicure chairs and manicure stations. In the rear, inside private treatment rooms, waxing specialists perform their craft, removing unwanted hairs with the care, grace, and speed more often associated with electric storks. The staff members also administer facials and eyelash treatments.
Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).