Aspen Athletic Club furnishes workers out with weight and resistance machines for bulking up and a spin room for burning calories and raising heart rates. Group classes at the Aksarben and Shadow Lake locations let pupils choose from five different exercise types, from choreographed cardio sessions to yoga classes that challenge both the body and the mind. The Turbo Kick class sets kickboxing techniques to up-tempo music, and students of The Tone Zone session build muscle using dumbbells, stability balls, and disobedient wolfhounds tied to their arms. Class schedules run from morning to night, Monday–Saturday, allowing students to fit workouts into busy schedules. During the 50-minute personal-training session, members meet with trainers in order to fashion fitness plans customized to meet individual goals and the state's stringent requirements for collecting lotto winnings. After working out, exercisers retire to stress-melting steam baths before changing in pristine locker rooms.
Squats, crunches, and other exercises only target very specific muscle groups. That's part of the logic behind the platforms at Great Vibrations. They spread the work across more muscles in the body, building strength and general fitness. The work is low impact, which means it can be appropriate for seniors, kids, and those with injuries. In fact, though the machines can build muscle and burn fat, they may also improve circulatory and vascular function in injured patrons.
They're not the only ones who use the workout, though; it's also popular with internationally competitive athletes and professional football players. A menu of classes keep muscles guessing. The vibrating platforms also play a part in one-on-one personal training, which provides the nutrition and exercise tips necessary to whittle waists, demolish sandcastles, or improve athletic performance.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
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.