In 1969, Judi Sheppard Missett combined her passion for jazz with an eye for cardio exercise to create an entertaining, easy-to-follow dance fitness routine—Jazzercise—to help patrons of all ages and abilities to get in shape while having fun. Four decades and more than 7,800 instructors later, the muscle-toning, heart-thumping classes have helped students to shape up all throughout the world, with 32 countries offering a total of more than 32,000 classes per week. To accommodate wee ones, some locations feature a childcare facility where youngsters keep busy as their caretakers learn to mimic Bob Fosse–inspired slinking, raking, and craning.
Anchor Fitness’s functional training techniques address clients' key desires, such as decreasing body fat, losing weight, and improving fitness skills. Programs include boot camp in an indoor or outdoor setting; an eight-week weight-loss challenge titled Biggest Loser; and a boxing and kickboxing workout called Fight Club. Personal-training sessions enable custom workouts and individualized attention. The staff also offers nutritional counseling to help clients achieve maximum results.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 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 fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip 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 hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
It doesn't take complicated machines, elaborate schedules, or cybernetic implants to get in shape. All it takes is determination, a plan, and a support system. Oh, and some kettlebells. That's the philosophy behind CrossFit, a no frills workout plan built on clients' drive to improve. After working their way up to the full regimen with the On Ramp program, members of CrossFit Racine begin a high-intensity syllabus of squats and deadlifts, seasoned with a dose of burpees and sandbag intimidating.