Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
If they can crawl, they can cavort at Imagymnation Gymnastics, a colorful play facility that focuses on acrobatics for the waist-high set. Classes range from Diaper Daredevils, designed for ages 2 and younger, to girls' and boys' gymnastics classes for ages 6 and older. Other classes include coed Trampoline & Tumbling sessions and Kids Progressive, meant to build the physical, emotional, and social skills of 4- and 5-year-olds. And then there's open gym, where all ages can experience the joy of climbing ropes, crawling through tunnels, and balancing on beams.
The frosty rinks at Iceoplex have supported the arabesques of professional figure skaters and served as the backdrop in feature films. During public skating hours, though, anyone can stop by for a glide on the ice. Visitors can rent hockey or figure skates for the day, hold events in heated party rooms, or play games in the video arcade. Beginning skaters can attend skating school or take hockey lessons.