Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,976 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 fit-seekers challenge themselves on Nautilus and Hammer Strength cardio and strength machines and hoist 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’ staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
Maximum Fitness Club has it all: group classes, personal training, strength and cardio training, massage, and even tanning. The 10,000-square-foot facility has more than 50 cardio machines and offers 35 fitness classes each week, including boot camp and Zumba, not to mention member perks such as free childcare. Maximum Fitness Club also offers a free customized workout plan, known as S.L.E.D. (Stronger Leaner Every Day), to help simplify the gym-going experience with a worksheet of exercises to complete, as well as a way to receive ongoing feedback from trainers.
At Control Results, members work out in a modernly appointed studio, complete with a fresco of Da Vinci’s The Creation of Adam on one wall to remind patrons of the physical ideal they’re shooting for. Along with passionate and certified trainers, the gym boasts a staff that includes a consulting physician, a physical therapist, and a registered dietician. Trainers work to jump-start healthier bodies for new customers, as well as offer sport-specific conditioning and coaching for competitive bodybuilders.
Renew Day Spa allows clients to recoup from their hectic schedules and real world demands during spa services that soften skin and groom nails while upholding eco-friendly practices. Massage therapists disentangle muscle knots with massage techniques that can include deep kneading, targeted pressure, or heated river stones. Nail technicians groom fingernails and cuticles and coddle feet using an herbal foot wrap infused with a combination of Epsom salt, peppermint, lavender, and jojoba oil that works to alleviate aches. Meanwhile, facials and body treatments cleanse deep into pores to remove dirt and oil and exfoliate the surface to clear away dead skin cells and cryptic messages written in pen.
Wendy Shumate, or Wild Wendy as she is sometimes known, is a one-woman wrecking crew when in comes to physical fitness. The proprietress of Wild on Fitness leads sinew-sculpting boot-camp classes in the park by day and quiet, peaceful yoga sessions on the beach. Wendy also works mano a mano with clients through customized personal-training sessions and keeps workouts lively with dance-infused Turbo Kick and hip-hop hustle classes.
Diane Schullstrom, owner and CrossFit-certified instructor at Space Coast Adventure Boot Camp, draws on more than 25 years of fitness-industry experience as she leads her boot-camp classes. Schullstrom and her staff host the sessions—small in size for individual attention—in three different parks for scenic workouts. This program has been running strong for the past six years, and welcomes students of all fitness levels by providing modifications that increase or decrease intensity. While parents sculpt fitter frames, children over age five are welcome to play in the park.
Flipping tires, lugging fire hoses, and lifting weights are an everyday occurrence at IHB CrossFit. Husband-and-wife trainers Melanie and Camden Drake—who are both certified in CrossFit Level 1 and higher—design new workouts every day that present new and exciting challenges to IHB CrossFit’s athletes. The workouts seldom repeat and often include exercises such as running, rowing, weight lifting, and bodyweight exercises such as pushups, pull-ups, and sit-ups.