Anytime Fitness's 24-hour workout haven houses a full complement of strength and cardio equipment, including kettlebells and spinning bikes, along with classes, wellness programs, and a helpful team of personal trainers. Though not available around the clock, trainers do staff the gym seven days a week, providing clients ample time for one-on-one training sessions, synchronized muscle flexing, or general fitness advice. Workout tips can also be gleaned from Anytime Fitness's online resource center, Anytime Health, which helps boost members’ well-being with nutritional guidance, activity trackers, and other a variety of other tools.
The instructors at Inner Evolution Yoga believe that practicing yoga is a personal journey best undertaken at your own pace. To that end, the studio offers ample classes for practitioners of all skill levels, including a beginners yoga class, a Yin yoga stretching session ideal for newbies and injured students, and challenging hot-yoga classes that take experienced yogis to the next level, where they can claim their well-earned pot of golden chakra coins. Many classes are held before and after working hours to accommodate busy professionals and parents, including a Hot Morning Power class that ends promptly at 6:30 a.m.
The talented instructors adopt the studio’s philosophy of humility, which pushes them to see the strengths and weaknesses in their yoga practices. This encourages all teachers to constantly learn new skills and different yoga modalities, which they can then share with their students and friendly strangers on the bus.
The blue-and-red checkered floors of Ultimate Kickboxing & Fitness’s gym have withstood a lot of action, from swinging kettlebells to battle ropes and intense kickboxing classes. The instructors offer a variety of classes that focus on strengthening the body with full-body exercises that utilize boxing and kickboxing moves. Their classic cardio-kickboxing classes have students perform punching and kicking combinations including roundhouses and jabs to upbeat music. Power, Strength, and Rope Burn classes use simple rope exercises to help tighten and tone bodies, and 50/50 classes blend cardio and strength training to create a well-balanced workout.
If anyone can appreciate defying gravity, it's Michula Nunez. The former science and math teacher found both a creative and physical outlet in the art of pole dancing. She added it to her teaching repertoire in 2002, before finally opening her own gym – Antix Fitness Studio – to pursue her newfound passion as a full-time instructor. She teaches classes for beginners to experts, and even holds private parties for groups of ladies looking for a fun, fitness-focused night out.
In Block Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot gym, certified trainers create a motivating and welcoming environment while teaching a system that anyone can learn. The inclusiveness of CrossFit is what drew owners Joe and Chris to CrossFit in the first place. They wanted to create a place where a sense of community could blossom, as well as fitness. As they perform functional movements at a high intensity, encouragement to reach finish lines and meet goals abound from both trainers and students. Besides that positive reinforcement, they keep everyone engaged by changing routines daily and avoiding the boredom of repetition.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Since 1994, the instructors at Redlands Aikikai have taught martial and meditative arts to people of all ages, creating an environment in which students can also develop courage, compassion, character, and healthy habits. Their main program, aikido, shows students how to use an attacker's energy against himself by way of escapes, joint locks, strikes, and sweeps. Sometimes, the program incorporates swords and staffs into its training, though it always maintains a non-competitive approach.