Brick City Health & Fitness combines exercise with pampering. Personal trainers supervise clients as they pull weighted cables, curl free weights, and work out on machines. For those interested in group training, multiple fitness studios host Zumba, Pilates, and functional fitness classes. But post-workout, the pampering begins. A heated whirlpool and a red-cedar dry sauna help clients relax, and an onsite full-service salon with facials and massages furthers the spa-like experience.
In 2011, four University of Florida graduates came upon a revolutionary idea for physical fitness: a mobile app. As such, PeerFit integrates Twitter, Facebook, and most other cybernetic interfaces to give its clients the ability to send themselves workout reminders via text, schedule gym sessions, and search for exercise classes by location. The social aspect of the program also lets fitness enthusiasts peruse class and instructor reviews?and write their own. This digital network keeps clients abreast of the goings on at their local gym, and can make them one of the first to know when a new gym starts offering their favorite class.
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 to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Genetic Fitness grants its members access to an arsenal of cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free-weights. Yet, it?s not uncommon for exercisers to skip the machinery all together. Instead, they head to one of the studio?s many group fitness classes. One studio hosts spin, while a second studio hosts various group fitness classes such as: Body Pump, Body Combat, Zumba, Piloxing, Tabata, to name a few. When they?re not pushing members through the group classes, the gym?s dedicated personal trainers are likely motivating clients during one-on-one training sessions.
Equipment: LifeFitness and Precor treadmills, AMTs, steppers, ellipticals, and cycles
Students should bring: Towel, water bottle, and mats provided, but students may bring their own.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have items such as energy drinks, protein bars, and energy gels for your pre- and post-workout needs.
Thumping music and flashing, colored lights infuse a spin class at Studio RPM with the energy of a night on the town. The powerful bass can't drown out the instructors' enthusiasm, however. The mic-wearing teachers lead their classes on excursions into unseen landscapes, leaping imaginary gullies and climbing intangible hills, the effort simulated by the Livestrong cycles on which each student is mounted. They welcome students of all ability levels, since the low-impact, cardio-focused exercise lends itself well to those who suffer from joint problems.
Beyond spinning, the staff also teaches regular yoga classes, covering extensive series of asana in each 75-minute course. They delve into Vinyasa, hatha, and warm yoga sequences, focusing on improving agility, increasing flexibility, and revealing snowmen disguised as humans, respectively. For a more high-intensity session, they lead boot camps, which incorporate weight lifting and plyometrics into cardio-heavy routines.