Inclusiveness remains one of the major goals at The Arena Club. With 80,000 square feet of space and more than 200 dedicated trainers, fitness professionals, and other staff members available to them, Keith and Kathy Rawlings strive to create an environment where visitors of all ages and fitness levels pursue their individual goals, be it becoming more flexible in yoga class or running a 5K for the first time. Competitive athletes and casual enthusiasts alike can find opportunities to become stronger, lose weight, or even work to overcome mobility-limiting injuries. The Arena Club also offers professional guidance in the form of personal-training sessions and nutritional consultations.
Individual and group workouts are both available at the facility. The cardio area includes ellipticals, treadmills, and other machines equipped with personal-viewing monitors; and a combination of free weights and strength-training equipment fills a separate section. A field of indoor turf allows visitors to keep their athletic skills sharp regardless of the outside weather. The Arena Club also hosts more than 85 fitness classes throughout the week, providing members with numerous chances to get a solid workout within a supportive group setting.
The facility's aquatic center provides members with even more opportunities and activities to consider. Open year-round, this center features a 25-meter lap pool, a 12-person whirlpool, and a heated saltwater pool, which provides therapeutic soaks. Recreation and fitness each have their place within the center. Separate pools include a water-basketball court and dedicated areas for free swim.
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 in cardio routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
You might see "Motown" or "80s" on the schedule, but InSync Cycle Studio is not a dance venue. These events still involve plenty of legwork, though—students pedal aboard stationary bikes as invigorating music blares all the while. During these sessions, they'll surmount imaginary hills with real resistance, or zoom through long straightaways at high speeds. Some might be marathoners, and others might be first-timers. It doesn't matter to the instructor at the head of the class, who makes sure that everyone's workout is suited to their experience.
Typically, these instructors are the ones in charge of the music. Most classes aren't themed, but follow a mix of tunes that mesh with the teacher's taste. Some will even time the rhythm of their inclines and sprints to match the song, which is why "Flight of the Bumblebee" has been banned forever. Regardless of the soundtrack, each low-impact lesson helps to tone muscle and build endurance in a communal, encouraging space.