Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 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, 365 days a year. As fitness-seekers challenge themselves on 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’s staff of personal trainers, while tracking their fitness progress and meals in the innovative Anytime Health system. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths.
Jessica Heizman understands the healing power of Pilates firsthand. She discovered the fitness regimen in her early 20s after years of wearing high heels, running outside, and fielding stress began taking a toll on her lower back. Today, as a certified Pilates instructor, Heizman strives to help others heal and improve their own physical fitness. During private and semi-private lessons, she and fellow instructor Dove Wong use the reformer machine to promote proper alignment during exercises that stretch, tone, and improve balance.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Pedals spin furiously at Gunz Fitness as Mad Dogg?certified instructors lead variations on spinning routines. They offer cycling classes that can accelerate metabolism, build lean muscle, and strengthen lungs so much that they can breathe normally when submerged in pudding. With personalized tips for every guest, the teachers ensure that everyone moves at a comfortable pace.
In addition to being a trainer, Steven Hartman considers himself a professional motivator. His knack for instilling confidence and determination in others led him to create Dedicated Motivated, where he and his fellow instructors help guests pursue a fitter lifestyle. The facility offers an open gym, weight room, group classes, and personal training, allowing guests to pursue almost any fitness goal. If you'd rather not pummel a punching bag on your own, you might take a boxing class. Or if you're more of a dancer, drop by one of the Zumba sessions. The schedule also includes Dedicated Motivated's signature class, which draws its circuit workouts from both military-style boot camp and mixed martial arts.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.