Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 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.
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 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
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 for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
The yogis at Clear Light Yoga & Enrichment Center believe strong bodies work even better with a calm, curious mind at the helm. To that end, they teach a weekly array of classes designed to present a variety of athletic and mental challenges, whether helping students achieve internal calm in a gentle yoga session or work up a sweat with power yoga. When not bending bodies, they host other kinds of enrichment classes, ranging from grammar and writing lessons to training with modern technological devices such as iPads. Private life coaching is also available to provide emotional support and objective guidance on when you should work with a problem, let go of a problem, or sculpt your problem out of clay and fire it to a satisfying crisp.
Olympus 24 makes fitness accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or age. For one thing, the gym participates in the SilverSneakers fitness program, which keeps senior citizens moving with gym access and age-appropriate classes. Even better, participants in the program enjoy the same modern, clean ellipticals, stationary cycles, and weight-lifting equipment as other gymgoers. Members have a lot of options for sweating off calories here, including group fitness classes such as boxing, spinning, Pilates, and boot camp. They're also welcome to work with personal trainers and drop kids off at an on-site childcare center before workouts.
One of yoga's best qualities is its ability to give inner peace to the practitioner, who in turn is better prepared to connect with others and build community. At Platinum Yoga, this quality spills out of classes and into the post-class period as practitioners gather to share tea, coffee, and conversation about whether or not Downward is a good name for a dog. This sense of community isn't limited to yoga students, either?those who partake in fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Pump, and Nordic Walking also build camaraderie during and after high-intensity sessions.
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