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.
Equipment: Lifting bars, bumper plates, pull-up bars, kettlebells
Students should bring: Workout clothes, water bottle, towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: We provide everyone with personal attention while in a supportive class setting.
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.
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.
Well-versed in Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, and power yoga, studio owner Sasha Reese has made yoga the driving force of her life for the past 14 years. During that time, yoga has helped her find balance in her life, and she now works to help others find their own relationship with yoga. In all her classes, Sasha incorporates meditation, breathing techniques, and the Vinyasa method of flowing between poses in time with breathing.