The fitness staff and certified personal trainers at O2 Fitness propel bodies through fitness classes and personal training in an upscale facility with more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, brigades of strength machines, free weights, and an outdoor turf training area. Engaging instructors lead more than 50 group classes per week, such as BodyPump, yoga, and cycling, motivating students to shed calories and tone muscle. During two sessions, certified personal trainers impart exercisers efficient techniques that help to maximize workouts—such as staying awake—and tips on managing a proper diet. Slap soles against treadmills while watching the ceiling-mounted LED flat-panel televisions, and pamper muscles in the showers or saunas. For the duration of the 10 days, onsite childcare providers will watch over little ones, keeping them safe from flying free weights, clanging kettlebells, and yoga mats that swear loudly when stepped on.
At Life Time Fitness, the concept of fitness encompasses every aspect of physical health. The team of certified personal trainers and instructors can assess the mechanics of a basketball player’s jump shot, lead yoga and cardio dance classes, or recommend local triathlons to athletes of all ages. They can also shift the focus to nutrition, crafting custom plans for lowering cholesterol or catalyzing weight loss.
Because Snap offers 24-hour access, you don't have to let The Man tell you when you can avail yourself of the gym's top-of-the-line Matrix-brand cardio and strength equipment. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at four in the morning and get pumped to host a morning shock-jock radio show. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily participants won't need her dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters, though, can review the basic moves online before attending. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Founded by an ACE–certified master fitness trainer, One-2-One Fitness transcends the impersonal large-gym experience with intimidation-free, small-group boot-camp sessions. A Monday–Saturday schedule of classes takes place indoors and out, with attendance limited to 20 participants to ensure personal attention and to decrease the likelihood of a flash-mob dance routine erupting during class. Rotating routines prevent boredom with cardio spurts of jogging and plyometrics complemented by strength-building pushups and squats. An emphasis on dynamic partner exercises encourages patrons to pair up with buddies or significant others in shedding pounds.
Together, Triangle Rock Club's state-of-the-art facilities in Morrisville and Raleigh house a combined 22,000 square feet of expertly crafted terrain with upward of 174 routes. During small-size classes, drop-in sessions, and rock-climbing camps, novice and seasoned climbers of all ages and skill levels scale freestanding boulders, dodging manmade obstacles while gripping the wall's slanted surface. Founded by two former Marines, Triangle Rock Club was also awarded the 2013 Pinnacle Business Award.
Elite-level physical fitness isn’t just a goal at Cary CrossFit. It’s a passion that drives coaches and exercisers alike during Olympic-inspired workouts. Goal-oriented and intense, like a staring match between two dark-roasted coffee beans, each CrossFit session squeezes a hearty dose of cardio and strength work into 55 minutes. Teams of fitness-seekers band together during group training, cheering one another toward personal bests during exercises such as squat variations, handstand pushups, and kettlebell swings. In a 7,500-square-foot training area, medicine balls and lifting platforms encourage muscles to ripple, and a 45-meter track inspires calories to melt during sprints and plyometric drills. In addition to absorbing training tips from a staff of certified personal trainers and conditioning specialists, clients seeking sports-performance gains can build power, speed, and agility using equipment from Legend Fitness, Ivanko, Concept 2, and Pendlay. Those looking to lose weight can sign up for a BodyMetrix test, which analyzes the body’s levels of muscle and fat using ultrasound as high-tech as a segway-drawn carriage.