With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.
With high-energy, dance-infused routines, Envision Dance Academy's Zumba classes whittle waistlines and blast away calories within a fun, aerobic setting. Marble-sculpted instructors craft a schedule of easy-to-follow Zumba routines, drawing on choreography from Latin dances, such as salsa and merengue, for a high-octane cardio workout that trounces exercise apathy and nullifies excuses for remaining seated at wedding receptions. Set to fast-paced Latin music, each 60-minute fitness fiesta (a $5/class value) welcomes exercisers of all ages, sizes, and skill levels to whirl around the studio floor like a highly caffeinated Taz.
Working out doesn't have to be a solitary experience. That's the idea behind the aptly named In Tune Fitness Studio, a center that emphasizes camaraderie through group classes. Sessions build community and support as they also build muscles and boost endurance. During upbeat Zumba classes, students sway and jump in tandem to the rhythms of infectious Latin dance tunes. BlastIT, meanwhile, incorporates interval training in its routines, uniting students during high-intensity cardio and strength-training drills, and yoga classes emphasize harmony as students breathe and release stress through a variety of core-fortifying poses. In Tune builds community outside of classes, too. The staff holds frequent get-togethers and also offers up fun fitness challenges such as seeing who can recite all the members' names while bench-pressing an elliptical machine.
At CrossFit IV, NASM-certified personal trainer Archie Brown and fellow trainer Matt Cook introduce CrossFit's functional exercises to nearly all ages. Their CrossFit Kids program welcomes children as young as 3 and their adult program welcomes grown-ups as old as 147. Both programs revolve around CrossFit's daily workout. Depending on the day, the workout may include rope climbs, pull-ups, dead lifts, box jumps, or the tyke-size version of box jumps—hopping on a short stack of weights. With both CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Kids certifications, Brown and Cook know exactly what they're doing when coordinating classes.