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.
At Flex Gym, a muscle-cultivating array of free weights and cardio machines assist patrons in their quest for stronger bodies and fashionable birthday suits. Members can enjoy watching LCD television screens as they exercise on treadmills and ellipticals or fortify their bodies using free weights. The spacious facility includes several mechanisms to add variety to workout regimens, with plenty of room in-between machines to accommodate for rapid muscle growth.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
Fitness Together pairs up personal trainers with goal-oriented clients. Customized workout plans help them reach such fitness milestones as benching a certain amount of weight, running a marathon, or crab-walking a 5K. Sessions combines resistance and cardio training with nutritional advice.
Suddenly Slimmer Solutions employs Victoria Morton's Suddenly Slender suite of body wraps to ensure that customers are pleasantly cocooned throughout their form refurbishing. The hour-long Dream Body Lay Down Wrap coats bodies in a mineral-rich solution before they're wrapped and reclined on a vibrating massage pad. Whether you're looking to reduce your profile for a pistol duel at dawn or just need some last-minute help making the weigh-in before a championship food fight, Suddenly Slimmer guarantees that its body wraps can melt at least six inches off most women and at least four inches off most men. The spa also claims that, in the prone position, the wrap benefits eye tissue, reducing the dark circles associated with the nocturnal, trash-eating lifestyle of so many Americans.
Equipment: TRX Suspension Training, Battle Ropes, Kettlebells, Plyometric Boxes
Students should bring: Bottle of water
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 5 minutes before scheduled class time.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Absolutely. We try to keep our playlists current and upbeat. We will occasionally throw in a "throw back" tune that everyone loves and gets everyone into the workout groove.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have high-energy and motivating trainers.