The Shape Up Shoppe is a women's-only gym where members get in shape and have fun doing it. The class curriculum includes aerobics, boxing, Zumba, and belly dancing, among other disciplines, and interested parties can even sign up for personal training and lessons in tennis and self defense. Best of all, the club features a number of cool, club-like amenities that help foster friendly vibes between members, including a bamboo room and tiki deck where exercisers can cool down after class.
Part cardio and part weight training, the 60-minute signature sessions at Orange Theory Fitness take the guesswork out of getting fit. Rather than trying to balance endurance and strength classes into your schedule, these interval-based sessions take care of both, and the facility provides heart-rate monitors to track intensity and calorie burn. Experienced trainers oversee the workouts, helping clients personalize them to achieve weight-loss or performance goals.
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.
At CrossFit 262, John Schmidt?an NCSA certified coach and former All-American wrestler?does the same exercises as a child or a senior citizen. That's because CrossFit varies its workouts by intensity, but not by skill level. During introductory CrossFit 101 sessions, John and the rest of the staff teach newcomers all of the prerequisite movements for classes, including deadlifts, squats, cleans, and rope-climbing. The gym also hosts CrossFit Unloaded classes, which utilize lighter weights and don't require the CrossFit 101 series as a prerequisite.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
A cluster of ropes cascade from the ceiling to the floor; some are knotted, others are not, but each one bears the weight of an ambitious exerciser climbing his or her way to the top. It?s just another day at CrossFit Lykos, where experienced coaches oversee workouts based in functional-fitness exercises. The expansive gym has enough open space for clients to perfect their Olympic weightlifting form, hang from gymnastics rings, jump onto plyometric wooden boxes, and develop other functional movements.