It may seem counterintuitive to some, but Affirm Fitness?s head fitness trainer, Lauren Leitner, also owns a biscotti-making business. Of course, all of the desserts she doles out are low in fat, making them tasty complements to the healthy lifestyle that she hopes to impart upon her students at Affirm Fitness. There, she and fellow trainers lead exercisers of all stripes through boot camps that are either traditional or tailored to new moms. Cardio-and-sculpt boot camp shows exercisers how to have fun as they transition between drills in agility, interval training, and body-weight resistance. In baby-friendly Bootie Camp, participants push strollers a little bit faster than usual for a cardio workout that allows them to spend time with little ones while they improve themselves. Moms can even spend a little time sculpting muscles with hand weights or by lifting diaper bags filled with bricks. Affirm Fitness?s class schedule also includes dance-inspired Zumba cardio workouts, relaxing yoga, and TRX suspension training.
Life Fitness treadmills and Cybex weight equipment complement the rows of elliptical machines and recumbent bikes at Downtown Fitness Center’s studios. Personal televisions transform machines into teeny, tiny home theaters. For structured workouts, visitors can opt for classes that impart yoga, and cardio routines, or trainers can tailor custom programs to achieve individual fitness goals.
A hip-limbering hula-hoop-style class, hooping offers a low-impact way for exercisers of all fitness levels to strengthen cores while potentially burning about 500–800 calories per hour. Choose from three separate classes: the 45-minute basic hooping class, which teaches fundamental moves; the 50-minute hoopilates workout, which synergistically combines Pilates and hula hooping; and the 30-minute cardio hoops class, which is a high-energy cardio class that will engage even the most languid of abs. Hula hoops are also provided for in-class use, so there’s no need to cobble one from old timey wagon wheels.
Velocity Sports Performance's array of indoor tracks, turfs, and Olympic-style weightlifting equipment lets members fine-tune their physiques at their own pace. The fitness center is a cornucopia of resistance machines, free weights, and 25 cardio machines designed to entertain bored muscles while ridding bodies of sweat. Runners can experience Velocity's small field of athletic turf, which re-creates the feeling of running on real grass, while the sprint track treats treads to a less deceitful synthetic surface.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning in a bevy of beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. Then, during the three personal-training sessions, Anytime’s staff of fitness gurus can help exercisers set new fitness goals, revise and personalize workout programs, and correct form during strenuous pinky exercises.