Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Genetic Fitness grants its members access to an arsenal of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free-weights. Yet, it’s not uncommon for exercisers to skip the machinery all together. Instead, they head to one of the studio’s many group fitness classes. One studio hosts spin, Zumba, and various Les Mills sessions––BodyPump, BodyFlow, and BodyCombat, to name a few. A second studio turns up the heat on mat and reformer Pilates, yoga, and a chicken hatchery. When they’re not pushing students through the group classes, the gym’s dedicated personal trainers are likely motivating clients during one-on-one training sessions.
During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.
Family is important to the purveyors of Platinum Gym. So, while their members break a sweat on Precor cardio and strength machines, the kids can remain nearby and safe in the onsite kid's club. The gym is so family-friendly, in fact, that kids 10 years and up can use the equipment when supervised and join their parents during a select number of group classes.
Speaking of classes, the 16,000 square foot health club offers instruction in workouts such as Zumba, yoga, kickboxing, and spin. And, members can also pamper their weary muscles with massage therapy or highlight their hard work by bronzing newly buff bodies in tanning beds and booths.
The instructors at Rumba Fitness pair Zumba's Latin-inspired dance steps with international music seven days a week. With a total of 17 classes, they range from no-frills dance-party workouts to Zumba Toning. The latter blends cardio and resistance exercises with lightweight, maraca-shaped hand weights to chisel muscles.
In lieu of weights, Zumba Sentao increases the challenge by incorporating a chair as a kind of dance partner that facilitate squats and never gets fresh like most other chairs. Rumba Fitness also features a kids' lounge, where children four or older can play while their parents dance.
Vanessa Valentin knew her own health and happiness increased through practicing dance and fitness, and she wanted to help other people feel the same way. She opened RhythmX to make it happen, a fitness and dance studio focused on Latin and hip-hop grooves.
Here, Vanessa and 10 other instructors conduct three types of Zumba classes, including Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumba Sentao, along with Latin hip-hop sessions. Unlike most hip-hop classes, which teach students a set routine, their sessions work to arm students with a core set of moves, helping them feel more comfortable on the dance floor.