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 along 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.
The floor-to-ceiling windows that make Radiance Sun Studios’ storefront may technically be letting sun in, but the shop’s bright-yellow walls seem to flood the outdoors with rays. Inside, more effective faux rays radiate from Wolff- and Ruva-level tanning beds in standup and lie-down varieties. Their MagicTan spray-tanning booth imparts all-over UV-free color with mist from automated nozzles. The staff also curates an extensive collection of tanning lotions from Hempz, Australian Gold, and California Tan, which extend a tan’s wear, enhance its color, or help it blend more easily into a Where’s Waldo? set at the beach.
Gold’s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location’s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today’s Groupon).
At Tan Utah, experienced staffers help patrons select tanning plans to suit their beauty goals. From a hue built gradually in a UV bed to a Mystic booth's instant bronze, tanning experts help clients find the right look to stand out. As a distributor of top-flight tanning accouterments, the team gets such up-and-coming technologies as the Beauty Angel system, in which a therapeutic red light bolsters collagen production while a vibrating platform stimulates circulation.
European Tan fosters healthy glows with a well-curated collection of sun-simulating tanning beds and VersaSpa spray-tan booths. Six flavors of horizontal and upright tanning beds feature various amenities such as surround sound, 360-degree tanning-bulb arrays, and high-pressure lamps; a dedicated leg-tanning unit bronzes appendages paled from shaving or an unchecked pants addiction. The center's fully automated VersaSpa spray booth doles out UV-free radiance via a fine mist of hydrating tanning solution. Clients can extend the life of their newly furbished tans with a full line of products from Australian Gold and Designer Skin.
Light is one of the universe's most powerful forces. It can prompt plants to start photosynthesis, charge solar calculators, and instantly vaporize 75% of the world's ghosts. Expressions Tanning stretches light's abilities even further with an array of services to beautify skin and beyond. Smart Tan certified technicians recommend different intensities of tanning beds that beam light at six different levels, which gradually build golden tans over multiple visits. In other rooms, a BeamingWhite system redirects light towards the teeth, whitening them during quick, 15-minute sessions. They might also point visitors in the direction of UV-free spray tanning booths which lavish skin with a faux golden glow.