Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
United by their love of the CrossFit system, a group of friends, coworkers, and strangers joined forces to open CrossFit 151. Today, that formula repeats itself: friends, coworkers, and strangers—now led by coaches—come together in a dark blue and neon-green gym to motivate one another during intense daily workouts that feature varied functional-movement exercises. Those exercises, which change each session, are designed to sculpt the whole body while prepping it for nearly any physical activity. To make CrossFit accessible to everyone, coaches scale the difficulty of workouts to each participant and work closely with every guest during group and one-on-one sessions.
At Ultimate Body Shaping, certified personal trainer Mary Drake cultivates a supportive, results-oriented environment for shedding excess body fat and keeping it off. During boot camp, guests hustle through a circuit-style workout, lifting barbells and kettlebells while also pounding out kickboxing jabs and roundhouse kicks. Workouts are varied to keep muscles constantly working and often incorporate good, old-fashioned pushups, sit-ups, and breakups with cheeseburger barbells. Mary creates a supportive environment where fellow boot campers urge each other to take their efforts to the next level.
Like joining the Army with a Get Out of Army Free card in your back pocket, the Squaw Creek Army Challenge pits mud-caked combatants against the same obstacle courses used to condition and train modern soldiers. Designed by Army officers still on active duty, the race covers over three miles of treacherous terrain where contestants run, walk, and slither to the finish line. Mixing physical and mental challenges, the fun run creates team camaraderie and obliterates recent mani-pedi work, and ends with awards for the top males, females, couples, and teams.