Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a two-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. One personal-training session or group class guides fitness-seekers in the direction of toned bodies with personal attention or the positive reinforcement of group environment and rebar. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with five tanning sessions to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the enrollment fee.
Founders of Fit For Life Bootcamp, Brien and Kimberly Brockway seemed destined to help others reach their fitness goals. For one, the couple met in college while running cross-country. Brien served in the U.S. Army, where he led soldiers through both physical and mental training. Kimberly, meanwhile, has been a certified trainer since 2006, and has worked with a variety of clients including athletes, kids, and pregnant women. Together, Brien and Kimberly orchestrate high-energy boot-camp sessions, and supplement their intense workouts with plenty of nutrition and dietary advice to maximize results.
With an experienced team of personal trainers, Strength Beyond focuses on helping clients craft workouts suited to their personal needs that help them reach their fitness goals. Each location features tanning services and fitness equipment such as Hammer Strength machines and BH Fitness treadmills. Members who need motivation to complete one more push-up or run longer on the treadmill can sign up for personal training sessions or Zumba, Pilates, or yoga classes.
Group fitness classes and personal trainers are only a small sliver of the amenities at Elite Fitness. The gym also offers childcare services and a children’s dance studio so parents can work out worry-free. Tanning beds, meanwhile, allow guests to highlight contours and show off the hard work they've been doing on machines by Precor, Cybex, and Powertech, while a smoothie bar, salon, and massage studio await to refuel and refresh bodies post-workout. And, of course, the facility boasts immaculately maintained locker rooms where guests can shower (towels provided) and change back into their everyday clothes or hot dog suits before heading home.