The Flip Zone’s 12,000-square-foot activity center bursts at the seams with restless rug rats building agility and confidence in a range of entertaining classes. In-ground trampolines carry youthful tumblers aloft, and skilled instructors instill lofty ambitions in their cartwheeling charges. An in-depth initial assessment analyzes current skills, ensuring the gymnastics or martial-arts class chosen matches children's innate ability to explode brick walls with their fists or melt judges' hearts with their flips. In cheer classes, energetic moppets can learn useful chants that rally siblings to clean their rooms or construct monuments in their honor.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may chisel, strengthen, and balloon muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of a trained instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history, medical background, and goals of completing an underwater bicycle race. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and others promote salubrious bodies with full-body circuit workouts designed to give each and every lackadaisical muscle a Popeye-like infusion of metaphorical spinach.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fit seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
For more than 17 years, Natasha Walker has practiced yoga—honing her craft everywhere from local studios and public parks to the comfort of her own living room. The seasoned yogi was eager to share her passion with others, so she learned the ropes of power yoga instruction at Colorado's CorePower Yoga. Today, Natasha runs Transcend, where she gears her moderately paced Vinyasa power yoga sequences to beginners. She sets sessions to music and guides students through moves intended to stimulate the entire body by building strength and increasing flexibility. Natasha runs through the sequence during morning classes six days a week alongside evening wind-down classes twice a week.
If you're the pilot of your own body, then the personal trainers at Excellence In Fitness Studio are the air-traffic controllers, guiding each client toward their own fitness destination. Owner Jeff Monday—along with co-owner Stephanie Strout and their staff—provide one-on-one assistance for guests of all ages, giving the guidance needed to achieve goals such as losing weight and building muscle.
After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. “Each client is a direct reflection of me,” he says. “Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.”
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-‘em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.