Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
Sonya Roemisch, the master trainer and founder of You-nique Physique, is known in the industry for her straightforward approach and devotion to helping clients achieve their goals. She leads a team of supportive personal trainers as well as instructors who lead boot-camp sessions and group classes. Nutritional therapists and massage therapists are also on staff to keep clients looking and feeling their best.
For more than three decades, locally owned Spectrum Athletic Clubs have aimed to create a resort-like experience for patrons with upscale perks and personalized care. After workouts, gym-goers can avail themselves of unlimited towel service and change in comfortable locker rooms. Other amenities include saunas, steam rooms, healthy cafes, specialized workout areas, and complimentary Internet access.
In addition, racquetball courts let athletes improve their game independently, and patrons can sweat solo on cardiovascular equipment with individual viewing screens. Group classes, more than 1,200 of which are held daily, include Zumba, Pilates, Body Combat, and CXWorx sessions and enable trainees to draw motivation from each other or from each exercise studio's complimentary tank of moxie. The Spectrum Kids Club gives kids a place to play while adults work out and hosts such events as pool parties and pizza parties throughout the year.
The Club K.O. is a 5,000-square-foot facility equipped with commercial-grade training tools and top-quality instructors, some of whom were Marines. The 18 weekly classes on the schedule include sessions for beginning and advanced boxers, as well as evening or lunchtime jabbers. While potentially burning more than 700 calories an hour, Boxing K.O. and Kick K.O. land hard hooks and kicks on real punching bags without hurting real feelings. In Boxing Technique, prepare to float like a bee and sting like a butterfly during a real boxing match. Or, enlist a mom to be your momager, so she can give an encouraging glove-bump before the tag-team match-up of cardio and weight training in Combo K.O. Non-contact classes give bodies boxing benefits without the danger of front-end damage, and training toys, such as agility ladders and jump ropes, keep exercise from becoming a boring, ineffective routine, like regular flossing.
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.