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 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.
Brimming with Matrix fitness equipment, free weights, and muscle-toning cable machines, Nova Gyms inspires guests to build well-rounded workouts that incorporate strength training and cardiovascular conditioning. Friendly staffers welcome exercisers of all levels with gratis equipment orientations, teaching them how to board stair-steppers safely and reason with surly dumbbells. Fitness seekers customize presses and lifts at the functional trainer, which lets them add or subtract weights at their convenience. A half-dozen elliptical machines help members trace low-impact circles with their feet, and three recumbent bikes simulate rickshaw-based limbo contests. Guests can also gallop on treadmills equipped with 15-inch personal TVs to keep their minds occupied while their bodies get sweaty.
Everybody's welcome to learn to turn, twirl, and trip the light fantastic at Dance Defined Studio. The studio offers classes in hip-hop, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, and pointe for women, men, and kids of all ages. Small-group classes ensure each dancer receives ample individual attention.
When Dave Gerry founded Princeton Club in Madison in 1987, 24-hour fitness centers were a new concept in Wisconsin. Since then, he's sharpened the club's focus on convenience by adding group exercise classes, free childcare, and spa-like amenities such as saunas, aromatic steam rooms, and massage therapy. Cardio machines' personal TVs transform running and biking into a form of relaxation, and strength-training equipment by Cybex, Magnum, and Nautilus sculpts strong, shapely muscles when lifted or pressed. Instead of arm-wrestling an octopus for a water-based workout, members can flutter-kick across a six-lane swimming pool or trot in a resistance pool filled with adjustable currents. USPTA-certified tennis instructors impart forehands and backhands on 12 indoor and outdoor courts, and ACSM-certified personal trainers propel members toward fitness goals with exercise demos and custom-built workouts. In addition to granting constant access to Princeton Club facilities in New Berlin and Madison, memberships come with privileges at more than 1,000 gyms around the world.
The techniques that Lauren Birkel imparts to her trainers are the same ones she used on herself while preparing for and completing the rigorous Ironman World Championships in 2005 and 2011, as well as the France-held International Triathlon Union Long Course World Championships in 2007. With this history of achieving difficult goals, Birkel knows how to inspire students without commissioning a band of rabid coyotes to chase them while they run.
She and her many cotrainers use these thoroughly tested methods of motivation to push students toward healthier lives in one-on-one, small-group, and large-group training sessions. She decks out her indoor studios with all the necessary equipment for personal-training sessions and isn't afraid to lead all-outdoor boot-camp academies in the heat or rain.
At Body By Design, certified personal trainer Joey Huber does just what his business name implies: personalizes workout plans to help clients achieve the bodies they envision. Amid a new spacious, light-green studio, Huber and his team of seven personal trainers lead exercisers through completely custom personal-training sessions and small- and large-group training, as well as larger-scale boot-camp classes that use high-intensity interval training to tone the body. The team also brings their services to office environments for corporate training to help slim down overstuffed filing cabinets.