More than just a simple warehouse filled with weightlifters and the cardio obsessed, this 24 Hour Fitness combines many features found at smaller, more boutique outfits – but for a fraction of the cost. High-energy exercise classes revolve around popular options like yoga, Zumba and spin, while an on-site hot tub helps relax sore muscles after a particularly brutal workout. For parents with young children, a Kids Club sits just off the main exercise floor of this tall, open space, a perfect place for little ones to hang out while their parents put in some cardio time. An attached supplement sales kiosk takes care of any remaining post-workout needs, though the tall, sunny, warehouse-like space is always ready to welcome the hardcore back for another session.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of clubs spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
“Movement is life. Mind and body are one.” It is this philosophy that drives Amen Iseghohi in both his fitness regimen and his life. That view comes from two sources: a childhood spent with his grandmother in West Africa, and tires. While his grandmother encouraged perseverance and self-sufficiency, his games with tires helped him develop strength and discipline. And the humble objects still have significance to Amen—they form the basis of the exercises at his gym, AmenZone Fitness.
At the facility's many locations, Amen and his fellow instructors champion the practice of primal training. The unconventional, challenging workout uses natural movements, body weight, and large tires to build muscles to rival those of the biggest monster truck.
Head to the back of Pro Edge Boxing's gym, and you'll find a professional-size boxing ring that's just waiting for two contenders to square off. Its springy foundation seems to echo with the sounds of lightning-fast jabs and powerful uppercuts connecting with their hapless targets.
This ring isn't for everyone, though. Some of the gym's most dedicated members don't want anything to do with contact sports, so instead they opt for elite fitness programs such as Boxfit, kickboxing, and MMA. There's even a Lunar Boxing class, where participants box under black lights to the pulse of music and lasers. Away from group classes, they can also work out by pummeling six heavy bags, five double-end bags, and two speed bags.