With more than 1,800 gyms in 10 countries around the globe and 24/7 access, Anytime Fitness makes it as easy as possible for its members to get in shape. Multiple strength-training and cardio machines can build stamina, increase agility, and tone limbs to rival the crisp bicep lines of statues in a nearby park. The center’s virtual classes teach fitness disciplines such as yoga, cycling, and kickboxing. Group training brings those disciplines into 3-D. As far as amenities, private showers and HDTV are just two of the many additional touches that make Anytime Fitness a welcoming workout arena.
For the past 11 years, Robert Cassity has channeled a passion for fitness into his personal bodybuilding pursuits and his training business. His boot-camp classes torch calories and tone muscles with a high-energy cardio and strength-training routine performed by a group of exercisers who motivate each other to work hard and keep their shoelaces tied tightly. For a custom-crafted workout regimen, Robert also serves as a personal trainer and will travel to peoples' homes. Those interested in enlisting in either program can call ahead to reserve a spot in class, schedule a training slot, or ask Robert how to do a no-handed pushup.
Bryan designed his first CrossFit class when he was stationed in Afghanistan, using any equipment he could get his hands on: sandbags, weight volleyballs, steel rods. He enjoyed the challenge and the functional fitness aspects of CrossFit and saw the connection between the CrossFit mentality and the one he had during his 20 years of service in the army. Today, he and his fellow trainers lead students of all levels through intense CrossFit classes within his high-ceilinged, well-stocked facility, using climbing ropes, massive tires, and the camaraderie of a group.
Having benefited personally from her experiences with yoga, head instructor Lin Horsch hopes to share, heal, and fortify at Ageless Yoga. Rooted in the belief that yoga should be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, Horsch and her staff of yogis lead five types of yoga classes, but emphasize the fact that yoga can and should be used to heal the body—just as Horsch experienced.
Members at Curves roll through a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines utilize body weight, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. For 30 minutes, limbering ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that they'll have a chance to share laughs and secret handshakes with fellow fitness frontierswomen. Because each workout warrior occupies a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles and mind.