Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of unlimited access to the facilities, which equip bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, weights, and TV-topped cardio machines to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with unlimited tanning, which is included with memberships, in a bevy of beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
With one look at Yoga Escape's classes, it's clear that YogaFit-certified instructor Catherine Albertini prizes yoga's ability to help people de-stress and find a sense of peace. The classes, which sport such names as Gentle Yoga and Rest & Relax, all focus on relaxation and meditation, and they help participants unwind after a long day of sitting at work. Even the beginners' class incorporates seated meditation and ends in a relaxation pose.
Albertini, who welcomes all levels to her classes, emphasizes slow and steady progress and helps beginners acclimate their bodies to their newfound practice. She teaches them how to use props and encourages them to listen to their bodies?just in case their hamstrings start to cry.
Instructors at Seventh Circle Fitness lead daily workouts designed to increase metabolism. Each short, intense session?modified according to each student's skill level?combines Olympic lifts with cardio and plyometric training such as rowing, running, and jump rope. No two workouts are the same within a 75-day period.
At DEFY Aerial Fitness Studio, exercisers dangle from cascading strips of silk and pull off airborne feats of acrobatic prowess on low trapeze bars during exhilarating workouts. Small groups hover above the ground, stretching limbs into graceful motions that strengthen cores. Instructors also lead workshops that impart martial arts and Parkour techniques, such as vaulting, balancing, and quadrupedal movements that dramatically increase the chances of escaping an orangutan pursuit, unless that orangutan also studied Parkour. In addition to their regular class schedule, instructors host an open gym session that gives students time to practice their skills and further stick it to gravity.
Writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” This sentiment inspires Evan McDaniel, the certified personal trainer who own Fitness Inspired Training Studios. To propel clients toward their goals both inside and outside the gym, he infuses small-group workouts with a hearty dose of motivation, encouragement, and excitement. McDaniel draws upon fitness-oriented bachelor's degrees and experience working for WebMD to devise an ever-changing lineup of workouts that challenge patrons with bodyweight exercises, cardio challenges, and a variety of functional training tools.
His signature boot camp, Total Training, zeroes in on participants' goals, from slimming down for weddings to gearing up for marathons or thumb-wrestling tournaments. During these 30-minute sessions, exercisers of all levels feed on the moral support of their classmates to heave sandbags, swing kettlebells, jump onto sturdy boxes, and stretch resistance bands. In addition to absorbing fitness and safety tips from the trainers, exercisers receive nutrition coaching, which teaches them how to make healthful food choices and to differentiate between a banana and a Twinkie.
Physiq Fitness is a shining new workout center—almost as shiny as the silver medal it won for Best Fitness Center and the bronze medal it won for Best New Business in the Statesman Journal's Best of Salem 2012 awards. Inside the modern facility, strength machines, cardio machines, and free weights stay at their posts 24 hours a day, waiting for members looking to boost muscle mass or crack stubborn walnuts. Certified personal trainers hang out, too, calling upon their years of schooling in science and human biology and their expertise in strength and cardio training to lead clients through tailored workouts and nutrition programs. Strength-training and sports-training sessions tackle sport-specific workouts that help increase power, stamina, and agility. Additionally, Physiq's boot-camp sessions challenge groups with a slew of conditioning exercises, calisthenics, obstacle courses, and drills designed to help boost performance levels during sports and full-contact spelling bees. Clients can replenish incinerated calories with healthy shakes from the in-house juice bar.