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 during group riding sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen abs with core-building classes, fuse Pilates and yoga during Centergy classes, and amp up heart rates with the pulsating Latin-dance moves of Zumba routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated by only showing Gatorade commercials.
After ending his NFL career, former professional football player Cam Newton, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, decided to feed his passion for athletics by opening his own private training studio, Core Fit 360. His gym abounds with cardio and strength-training equipment, along with a full basketball court and 40-yard football field. Within spacious private training studios, Newton and his staff of certified trainers and professional athletes captain boot camps, personal-training sessions, and an exclusive sports-training program for aspiring athletes as young as 8. Unlike running on monotonous cardio machines or constantly carrying frozen turkeys up and down the grocery aisle, clients perform workouts that vary each day to prevent boredom and fitness plateaus.
Connected to C3 Church, C3 Fitness is a community-oriented exercise facility with fitness programs for the whole family. Its signature class, C3 CrossFit, encourages competition?but only between athletes and their previous personal bests. The rigorous class centers on high-intensity interval training and power lifting, with other conditioning and strength work mixed in. Complementary workout classes range from yoga and Pilates sessions, which build lean muscle and flexibility, to FitKid programs, designed for ages 4?12. Patrons can also drop their kids at onsite childcare during their workouts to prevent them from begging for a pet treadmill. Other amenities, such as an online exercise and nutrition tracker, further enhance fitness regimens.
Before Dez White donned the whistle and clipboard of a fitness instructor, he was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears and the Atlanta Falcons. After years on the field, Dez added an ISSA personal-training certification to his accomplishments and founded The Body Firm Atlanta, where he builds challenging, constantly varied workouts for all skill levels. Dez and his staff of fellow trainers conduct classes in local parks and shopping malls, allowing participants to admire trees and bench-press mannequins as they pursue their fitness goals. The staff motivates its students by tracking their measurements and progress throughout the course.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.