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.
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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Give them five days, and the team at Federal Hill Fitness will do their best to revamp your entire approach to exercise. That's the sweat-inducing premise behind 5 to Fit, one of the gym's signature group fitness camps. For the equivalent of a work week, trainers combine daily workouts with diet suggestions and once-a-day weigh-ins. But that's just one way Federal Hill Fitness helps exercisers meet their goal of finally moving that obelisk out of the living room. Group classes (such as spin and yoga), one-on-one training, and independent exercisers also spread across the gym's two levels. The space houses all the necessary fitness tools, from treadmills to TRX resistance equipment.
Equipment: Schwinn AC Performance Plus stationary bikes with MPower computers
Students should bring: Bike shoes with SPD clips or tennis shoes, water bottle
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking Garage up to 2 hours free
Pro Tip: Create an online account before you come to the studio for your first class, and arrive 15 minutes early.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have amazing instructors who were recognized in the 2014 Best of Baltimore Readers Poll as best group fitness instructors. We also have a variety of classes including fusion classes that provide a full body workout of the upper body with weights as well as core exercises. Our facility features state-of-the-art computers and a sound system that will blow you away.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
Yes and No. While we believe in pushing our clients to get outside of their comfort zones, we want to do it in a safe and motivating way. We believe in building that foundation through some of our less intense classes and then working up to your fitness potential. We want to keep our clients injury-free while giving them a very challenging workout that will keep them coming back for more.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Not understanding the proper ways to exercise and then incurring an injury. In addition, setting unrealistic fitness goals?or not setting any goals at all?could make people lose their motivation and eventually quit working out. Goal setting is so important in a proper fitness routine.