Anytime Fitness attracts devout customers for its amenities alone: 24-hour access to its 1,700 locations across the country, 24-hour security, private showers and bathrooms, massage services, wellness programs, and personal training, to name a few. The gym’s top-of-the-line equipment from Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, and Intek Strength ranges from cardio machines—treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes—to strength equipment—free weights, weight machines, and circuit-training tools.
Xtreme Fitness flings open the doors to guests of all skill levels during classes that range from Zumba to Brazilian jujitsu, accommodating diverse tastes. While guests work out in the gym, the certified trainers patrol the free-weight area, cardio equipment, and the 700-square-foot matted space meant for martial arts and one-person trust falls, dispensing workout tips. They also help guests grasp onto the still-beating heart of their fitness goals during private, custom training sessions. When not absorbing self-defense strikes and yoga poses during classes, members can pop into the facility 24 hours a day to rehearse their conditioning routines or hide from hoards of lazy vampires.
As a former athlete who played football in college, Doctor of Chiropractic Brandon Bupp became interested in health care after sustaining several injuries. The doctor wanted to know how to treat them, which led him to a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a chiropractic degree.
Now, at the center, he and his staff treat high-school, college, and professional athletes to keep them competitive in games of football and slapjack. They also treat nonathletes with therapies such as spine adjustments, corrective exercises, wellness advice, and posture and spinal screenings aided by digital spinal imaging.
The certified personal trainers at Fairlawn Health & Fitness Training guide students through tailored exercise regimens amid an inviting, supportive setting. After conducting a comprehensive interview, a body-sculpting pedagogue will design a program that best fits fitness pupils' abilities and goals. Striving Schwarzeneggers can then hone in on their objectives through one of four core strategies, which include weight loss and management, strength training, sport-specific training, and injury rehabilitation and balance. In addition, the motivating one-on-one sessions ensure personal attention from trainers, who will happily answer any questions.
A Greek-themed fitness center might conjure the images of ancient Olympic events, but at Mediterranean Fitness, chariot races and javelin poles are nowhere in sight. Instead, crisp white architecture and ocean-blue accents decorate the boutique gym where exercisers build strength and self-confidence among free weights, modern cardio machines, and daily fitness classes including hot yoga and cycling. Complimentary childcare keeps kids busy while parents work up a sweat training for arm-wrestling matches with Zeus.
Big-box gyms filled with elaborate weight-training machines leave trainers at CrossFit Energy shaking their heads. That's because they know that fancy equipment isn't what gets people fit. Instead, their small-group workouts focus on functional movements such as squats and deadlifts, supplemented with bursts of high-intensity aerobic activity. This straightforward approach to exercise yields more effective workouts for participants of all ages and levels, as well as some much needed rest for the hamsters that power all treadmills.
The trainers at Root 18 CrossFit, formerly known as Cross 18, are dedicated to body transformation and meeting the goals of their clients through cross training, nutritional counseling, and stress-management clinics. They help those struggling with weight loss, as well as those working to stay in shape or achieve higher fitness levels, through daily workouts that incorporate everything from planks and rope-climbing to the use of resistance bands and gymnastics rings. By changing up the routines each time, they help stave off boredom while maintaining focus on achieving goals. The team also has classes designed to ease in newcomers, as well as classes for teens.