Raynham Athletic Club is a family-oriented club with classes for all ages. In addition to a full weight room stocked with Hammer Strength weights, resistance machines, and Cybex circuit-training machines, the club also has a cardio theater populated with Precor machines including treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals. For guided fitness, trainers lead personal-training sessions as well as more than 15 group exercise classes such as yoga, Pilates, Zumba, basic fitness, aqua aerobics, and kids' fitness.
Equipment: Cybex, Freemotion, Matrix
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: I am the owner, operator, and trainer. We are not a franchise.
Creative Fitness 24/7 prides itself on being a fully accessible neighborhood gym with top-notch equipment and supportive personal training. Patrons can breeze through its doors 24/7 and blast calories on a treadmill, tone muscles with weights, or swing across the facility's new monkey bars. They can also opt for one-on-one or small-group training or take a calorie-torching spin class, one of the most popular workouts in America, second only to bench-pressing bald eagles.
More than 20 years ago, husband-and-wife bodybuilders Glenn and Lisa Ducharme left the competition circuit to settle down. But for them, settling down didn’t mean ditching the barbells for a desk job. Instead, they fulfilled their dream of opening a fitness center where members could gain the same health benefits that the Ducharmes experienced first-hand during their competitive careers. Today at East Coast Fitness, the couple and their staff of trainers oversee personal-training sessions, group classes, and karate programs for kids and adults.
The trainers of Be Fit Performance, Inc. never fit in at big, corporate gyms, where, they felt, clients' needs often got lost in the hustle. So they decided to create an environment that values personal relationships and depth of training over the quantity of training. During one-on-one personal training sessions, they help students of all levels build strength and burn fat, with regular health assessments to measure their progress. They also challenge groups with high-intensity Be Fit eXtreme fitness classes.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.