Fitness 19's health emporiums sculpt diamond-hard physiques nationwide with a focus on maintaining quality equipment and eschewing unnecessary health-club bells and whistles for a simple, effective workout. Handily located workout facilities brim with free weights, resistance machines by Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness cardio equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills, and cycles. Skilled trainers remain on site to carve paths toward fitness goals such as being able to do 30 pushups in a row or being able to wrestle a refrigerator into submission. While parents flex and sweat, wee ones can socialize with toys and games or hunker down in front of a TV under the supervision of Fitness 19 staffers.
When Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded the first of their gyms in 1980, they chartered their gym around three values: service, cleanliness, and having owners operate their own facilities. True to the founders' original vision, each location's employees strive to keep their cardio and resistance equipment spic and span as they care for facilities. In addition to personal training, instructors lead a schedule of more than 400 group fitness classes?including cycling, Kardio Kick, and Zumba?offered each week across their eight locations. At the clubs, trainers also help guests master CrossFit functional equipment and use TRX suspension training systems to help them connect with their vine-savvy pet orangutans.
Go Veggies Cafe distributes an expansive vegan and gluten-free menu of burgers, curries, wraps, and soups, many of which are based on Sri Lankan recipes. These meals travel to farmers' markets, grocery stores, and local homes to fill stomachs with nutritious food such as coconut lentil soup, mango pudding, and rice and bean cabbage rolls. They even offer various types of burgers, including spinach, lentil, spicy mushroom, and black bean. The shop also runs classes to teach students how to cook vegan meals on their own.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Fusion is an amazing force. It sets stars ablaze, redefines cuisine, and has even produced a hybrid of a gym and spa at Platinum Fitness. There, certified personal trainers construct individualized workout regimens or lead small group classes, pumping up muscles with Zumba, Pilates, or yoga. Therapists work alongside them, relaxing bodies with massage treatments or chiropractic manipulations, which, like an argument in Bantu, commonly produce clicking noises. After a workout or knead, members can relax in an infrared sauna or educate themselves about healthy eating with a nutritional consultation.
With multiple degrees in fitness and nutrition, Victor Dean Training’s eponymous owner has curated his gym and climbing center to focus on clients’ overall health. Victor hand-selects all the gym’s brand-name equipment for its efficacy and usefulness in a well-rounded fitness regime, ensuring clients aren’t toiling away on weight equipment and cardio machines that fail to offer results. The staff pairs standard gym memberships with options such as personalized sessions and nutritional counseling that build up health like cyborg organ implantation.