As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Texas Health & Racquet Club's owner, Randall Lavender, started his fitness career in the Navy, where he developed exercise regimens to keep men, women, and submarines in tip-top shape. At Texas Health & Racquet Club, his dedication to fitness is readily apparent: besides providing guests with access to state-of-the-art resistance training equipment, free weights, and cardiovascular machines, the gym offers a diverse array of group fitness classes ranging in discipline from cycling and body combat to Zumba and yoga. The crew at Texas Health & Racquet Club also offer personal training sessions, as well as other amenities that help make exercising easier, such as child-care and nutritional guidance. Members can also make use of on-site basketball and racquetball courts, and, afterward, they can relax in the sauna or atop the gym's hydro massage bed, which can help relieve pain and stress in just 10 minutes.
Depending on the camp, sessions take place in a variety of scenic locations around Austin and Round Rock. Every class is in a small-group setting where friends, family, and neighbors sweat and move muscles until they're fitter and more trim than an edmontosaurus on a diet of sunshine. Fitness 4 Mind's experienced, attentive instructors guide each activity and make the workouts fun and challenging. Here are descriptions of the three camps.
At its core, the CrossFit regimen uses high-intensity versions of everyday functional movements to get people lean and cut. This means that the group classes will use ever-changing sequences of exercises that combine pushing, pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, and carrying movements as well as sprints to create full-body workouts. It also means that trainers can scale those workouts to fit the needs and abilities of beginners and hard-core CrossFit disciples alike.
Throughout the workouts, students will have full control over the intensity of each exercise, which allows them to safely challenge themselves while their coaches and fellow attendees provide enthusiastic support, encouragement, and guidance. Safety is always a priority at CrossFit Hays, so the instructors require newcomers to learn the basics by attending introductory Elements courses. During these courses, the coaches teach students how to safely perform the exercises while simultaneously learning to recognize and respect the limitations of their bodies and their telekinetic weightlifting powers.
The trainers affectionately call Maximum III CrossFit “The Box,” because of its open, utilitarian layout. It’s a far cry from posh health clubs, but when it’s filled with people lifting weights, hoisting themselves up on gymnastics rings, and encouraging one another, the ever-changing CrossFit workouts need no frills.
No two workouts of the day are the same. They are varied with high-intensity, functional exercises, such as kettlebell drills, rope climbing, and body-weight exercises. The workouts are scalable so that all fitness levels can join in and take on the challenges. The trainers strive to push each member to get into the best shape of their lives, whether that’s preparing for a marathon or gaining enough strength to finally win a thumb war.
To the untrained eye, CrossFit classes can look completely foreign. Students of all athletic abilities work out side by side, using not standard gym machines, but sandbags, heavy ropes, and their own body weight as equipment. And that's the beauty of CrossFit—it relies on nontraditional techniques to get students in the best shape of their lives. All exercises are scaled to match each student's ability level, allowing a diverse group of students to form bonds as they each work to their own limit. Classes are led by expert trainers and change every day.