From her days in the Navy to a love for yoga, Terri Chadney has always been into fitness. In 1994, she and her husband, Jay, opened West Coast Fitness to share that passion with her old neighborhood, which until then did not have a gym. "She wanted to reinvest in the neighborhood," Jay says. Here, the duo leads a staff of experienced trainers, who do everything from one-on-one training to group fitness classes such as yoga and spinning. As the yoga director, Terri requires that each yoga instructor have at least five years of teaching experience, thorough training, and a perfect letter B imitation. The rest of the staff boasts similar credentials, such as the Zumba instructor who has been dancing professionally for most of her life. And because they're not contractors, the trainers care about every aspect of the gym, not just making a sale. "They really invest themselves with the members," says Jay, "Our [trainers] come in, hang out, take classes, bring their dog."
For Jay and Terri, the most rewarding part of owning West Coast Fitness has been "seeing changes in the members," says Jay. He sees members who are in better shape than when they first joined 15 years ago—and Terri loves to see the seniors in her yoga classes up on their feet and doing strength-training exercises after coming in with crutches or walkers.
The St. John's location's spinning studio includes a 6-foot screen, sending riders on virtual trips via instructive DVDs even when a class isn't in session. Members can also log in to ActivTrax online or at the clubs' kiosks for custom workouts based on their goals and experience, as well as meal planning and progress tracking. The staff members engage parents' little ones with baby-sitting services in a colorful playroom. They have also stocked the gyms with tanning booths, and massage therapists help soothe stress and exercise-induced aches; the saunas and HydroMassage beds also help members unwind.
Oregon Concealed's instructors prepare their students to pass concealed-firearm permit exams in Utah and Oregon with both in-person and online classes. Taking care to address every aspect of the concealed-carry-weapon process, the instructors take photos and fingerprints of students, give out certifications for concealed-carry-weapon license applications, and teach owners how to camouflage their weapons for hiding in urban environments.
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.
Since 1977, the Historic Motor Sports Association has sped classic racecars toward the limelight, exhibiting their still-speedy maneuvering and encouraging their preservation. Annual races put the steel and chrome beasts through their paces once more, and guests chat with drivers and crew members and slip get-well cards into the upholstery of hundreds of other vintage vehicles no longer in racing condition.
The Pole Palace’s intimate classes feature an average of six students climbing and spinning their way through pole-dancing workouts. The instructors—one a certified personal trainer and the other a chiropractor by day—help students safely master saucy movements that strengthen muscles and enhance flexibility during both co-ed and ladies' only workouts. They also teach guests sassy dance routines during private bachelorette, birthday, and traffic-school graduation parties, and owner Melissa uses the space for personal training sessions, as well.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Sprint to the sounds of gridiron battles on cardio machines outfitted with TVs or camouflage your skin’s capacity for blushing with six weeks of unlimited tanning-bed access. Eight basic group classes shred fat through catalyzed camaraderie, be it the heat-pounding boogie-down of Move & Groove or the stress-banishing breath control used in Gentle yoga. Muay Thai classes return from their summer hiatus to forge strength through cathartically vicious blows from the hands, feet, knees, elbows, and prehensile tail.