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.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
At Two Rivers Yoga, owner Sara Dasso and her team of friendly and experienced instructors lead several daily classes designed for toning and strengthening. The studio specializes in Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of yoga, which utilize a combination of standing and seated postures, balancing moves, and inversions. The Hatha Basics yoga class is ideal for beginners and features a focus on proper breathing and alignment. Students can also show a little midsection during one of the studio's many belly dance classes, which are far more beneficial than old-hat-esophagus-dancing classes.
Kinetics helps keep health-conscious women in peak form with an enthusiastic staff of personal trainers. Kinetics offers glucose testing, blood pressure measurement, and BMI calculations for members, allowing exercisers to keep track of their health inside and out. Open 24 hours a day, the healthatorium charges no contract or enrollment fee and lets patrons breathe as much oxygen as they wish. Plenty of circuit strength-training and cardio machines help iron pumpers avoid lines and checkboard-wielding bouncers.
John Newcombe Country Club's veranda looks out upon eight lit tennis courts with a sweeping backdrop of Texas Hill Country. While tennis students aged 3 and up scamper over the courts under the guidance of certified instructors, AFAA-certified personal trainers oversee the fitness program, while making sure to reapply bronzing oil every half-hour. They guide trainees through free-weight exercises, as well as classes in Zumba, Pilates, TRX training, and AquaFit conducted in an outdoor pool. While their parents sweat, children can make art and watch movies in the kids' club, or seek out their dream rackets in the pro shop.
The experienced coaches at American Allstar Gymnastics Inc teach children of all ages how to climb and cartwheel during recreational gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling classes. Youngsters teeter atop balance beams, swing from parallel bars, or ride into the sunset on pommel horses during gymnastics sessions, which build both flexibility and strength. A one-hour tumbling course introduces choreographed rolls and floorwork to pupils of every skill level. Alternatively, cheer-tumble classes throw a bucketful of pep into acrobatic routines for beginner to intermediate students. Sessions limit attendance to seven whippersnappers per coach, ensuring staff members have enough time to dispense personalized tips to each child before demonstrating how to earn a perfect 10 at competitions by bicycle-kicking baked goods into the judge's mouth.