When was the last time you performed a walking lunge with a pumpkin instead of a medicine ball? Or took a cycling class with an '80s-era pop star? On Halloween of 2012, Pinnacle Fitness Club was filled with unusual props and colorful characters—and not just the typical athletic equipment or energetic personal trainers. The gym encouraged members to wear costumes to their workouts, resulting in classes filled with faux surgeons and familiar Dr. Seuss figures.
It may only happen once a year, but the lighthearted spirit of the club’s October 31st festivities embodies its continually down-to-earth, friendly environment. It offers amenities such as new cardio and weight-training equipment and a 25-yard lap pool to encourage patrons on their journies toward better health. After their workout, guests can head to the jacuzzi to unwind.
Since 1977, the Omaha Yoga School (OYS) has been molding clients into loose-limbed fitness fans, expanding its base of classical and Vinyasa flow classes to include Hyp-Yoga, which combines yoga with hypnosis to achieve top-notch results that won’t temporarily transform participants into clucking chickens. OYS recognizes that the body must be taken care of, but the mind and spirit are also important pieces of the complex long-division formula that is fitness. By teaching ancient yoga techniques in a non-competitive and intimate atmosphere, OYS produces practical results that improve daily living and snowball-dodging skills. Experienced instructors who were enamored with their Stretch Armstrongs at an early age lead small classes that strengthen the core and firm limbs, which will undoubtedly bait jealous glares from trees. Call ahead to schedule your first session at Omaha Yoga School.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and every day of the year with nonstop security. The open schedule ensures you have no excuses not to get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Before opening his own fitness studio, Nick Scott just liked going to the gym with his friends. After hearing about the benefits of CrossFit workouts, Nick drew from his background in training military and law-enforcement personnel to lead his crew though fast-paced workouts that were a welcome change of pace from traditional cardio and weight training. There was a problem, though: the local gyms where they would work out would kick them out either because their workouts were too intense or because they were drawing away the business’s personal-training clients. This is what inspired Scott to get officially certified as a CrossFit instructor and open Fit2Fight, where he and his fellow certified coaches lead classes up to seven days a week.
Their workouts of the day always change, though students can count on sweating through exercises that develop one or more of the 10 fitness domains target by CrossFit: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. They fold martial-arts disciplines such as muay thai, judo, and karate into their workouts, as well as CrossFit’s requisite gymnastic and weightlifting techniques that ready participants to walk across a balance beam or throw old balance beams into a landfill. They also offer personal training for workouts that are equally as intense and target individual fitness goals.
Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
The Yoga Path's classes are based on Hatha yoga techniques and geared towards all skill and activity levels. Drop-in classes are held several times a week and run between 60–90 minutes. Small class sizes along with hands-on instruction and telepathic communicating from skilled instructors ensure that each student receives individualized attention. Aspiring contortionists are led through a variety of poses that help increase strength, flexibility, and endurance. After class, sweat-drenched bodies and minds can replenish with tea and chatter and yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes are equally welcome. Drop-ins are asked to call or email before attending class.
After stints in the corporate fitness world, Dustin Adams, Patty Failla, Simon Corzine, and Andrew Failla struck out on their own to create their dream gym: Fit Farm. The 9,500-square-foot facility houses a main workout area with turf and rubber flooring, which accommodates specialized sports training and intensive CrossFit workouts. Between that space and a group-exercise room whose Pavigym flooring boasts a 45% impact-absorption rate, certified trainers help guests avert intense joint strain while striking yoga poses and Pilates moves, or maintaining stamina throughout boot camps. Along with exercise, Fit Farm keeps patrons looking and feeling their best with lifestyle supplements stocked in the fitness shop and consultations with nutrition consultant Terry Shanahan, who dispenses dietary advice more comprehensive than, "Eat this, not that."