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.
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The YogaSoul Center's team of attentive instructors strives to foster a community of holistic wellness through a diverse roster of fitness classes. The robust schedule includes 11 different yoga styles, Pilates sessions, and dance-based classes to help students slim, tone, and center bodies and minds. During Vinyasa flow yoga, students of all abilities connect movement with mindful ujjayi-breathing techniques, strengthening muscles with balance-building stances, standing sequences, and seated poses, while yin yoga stretches the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower back with poses that held for up to five minutes. Pilates mat classes utilize floor exercises to strengthen the core, and rug-cutters looking to get fit can opt for exhilarating Zumba sweat sessions, which keep feet moving with easy-to-follow dance steps performed to upbeat Latin tunes. Students manage weight, increase flexibility, and hone dancing skills needed to impress dashing, masked outlaws.
Sometimes the best way to relax is not to rest, but to move. Bliss Yoga Studio's calming atmosphere and private yoga classes provide physical conditioning and relaxation at the same time, through a wide range of lessons that teach proper alignment and technique. Certified instructors lead calming Ashtanga classes for yogis of all experience levels, focusing on breathing rather than strength and flexibility. Hatha classes take a more energetic approach, combining breathing, Vinyasa flow techniques, and alignment principles for a more upbeat exercise. In addition to yoga, the staff hosts meditation workshops that teach newcomers how to access deep meditative states without mental distractions, such as wondering which flavor of potato chip tastes best in space.
When the creators of Snap Fitness, a popular chain of fitness centers, set out to start a gym, they believed the best way to help people stick to their fitness regimens was to remove obstacles. That’s why Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has certified personal trainers ready to help clients get the most out of their workouts.
The spacious 46th Street location has a large cardio area and plenty of free weights and strength-training equipment. Gym-goers will also find onsite tanning and nutritional counseling. They might even find Frank the English bulldog there from time to time, walking around and getting petted or doing pushups in the corner.