Highly educated trainers—each of whom has a bachelor's or master's degree in exercise science—help clients at bodyXchange fitness tone their bodies and transform their lifestyles with nutrition and exercise programs. Rows of dumbbells weighing 5–135 pounds ring the walls of the 5,000-square-foot gym, where members can swing kettlebells, push sleds, or struggle with a 550-pound tractor tire as well as pumping iron on more conventional Hammer Strength and Icarian strength-training machines. Life Fitness treadmills, stationary bikes, and other cardio equipment populate a separate theater, where wall-hung plasma TVs keep minds busy as bodies sweat and mouths hum the theme to Chariots of Fire.
Trainer Reggie Dulaney grew up watching the 1980s animated classic ThunderCats. He dreamed of having the same rippled physique as his cartoon role model, the burly-yet-brilliant warrior Panthro, so he took up weightlifting and never looked back. He opened Panthro Fitness, which he named for his favorite cartoon character. Today, he runs a series of boot-camp classes that help clients shed fat and gain muscle mass. Knowing that fitness is a lifestyle choice rather than something you do once a day, he also offers nutritional counseling with personalized meal plans.
The Mom 2 Mom Fitness program was created by moms to help women with children find a community and workout regime that is catered to their lifestyle. The expert instructors lead women through steap aerobics, core strengthening, and Zumba classes. They also offer a variety of programs such as personal training, group training, boot camp, nutritional counseling, and life coaching.
At Pure Fitness for Women, a peaceful garden sits on top of a bustling gym. When guests conclude their workout, they can head to the verdant setting for a hot-stone massage, soothing muscles that have just labored on strength machines or the floor of the aerobics studio. The symbiosis between spa and gym is part of an atmosphere based on comfort—owner Kim Gregory wanted to create a space where women of any age and fitness background could conquer their wellness goals without judgment or intimidation. Today, her gym hosts personal-training sessions and group classes from Zumba to Pilates, preserving an inviting ambiance through the efforts of a warm staff and special community events.
Instructors at the female-only W.O.W. at Bodies R Us lead Zumba, spin, yoga, and kickboxing classes designed to strengthen and tone the bodies of their students. Gym members may also opt to use the strength training equipment in the weight room or cardio machines after dropping off children at the in-house daycare center.
Iron City Elite Strength and Conditioning helps clients and athletes achieve elite results by integrating the most current methods of strength training science utilizing kettlebells, suspension training, Olympic lifting and other movement based training methodology in a 6,000-sq.-ft. facility. The knowledgeable and supportive staff both possess graduate degrees in exercise science and also hold a variety of specialty certifications that provide them the tools and resources necessary to help clients torch body fat and sculpt muscles. For guests who wish to stomp calories with other like-minded individuals, group classes range from introductory cycling to Zumba dance-inspired workouts.
Anytime Fitness is a gym that was designed to make working out more convenient. Clients have 24/7 keycard access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, along with full access to group fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, and Duck, Duck, Goose with ankle weights. Certified personal trainers are available onsite, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite hydromassage bed to relax and loosen exhausted muscles.