At Feel Better Fitness, key fobs grant clients 24-hour access to the gym’s facilities. Feel Better purchased all of its gear from the now-defunct Snap Fitness, creating a glorious bodybuilding phoenix out of the old gym’s ashes. Free weights, modern strength-training machines, and cardio equipment from brands such as Cybex and Eagle populate the gym floor, while flat-screen TVs hang from the walls. The staff offers boot camps as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. as well as personal training and nutrition instruction to help guide clients toward their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare, whose staffers stay in touch with each other via two-way talk radios, rather than by sending them regular flocks of carrier pigeons.
With 24-hour access, aerobic and mixed-martial-arts group classes, and well-appointed facilities, Club One Fitness aims to be the ideal backdrop for any workout routine. The schedule of group exercise classes includes yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. Boxers spar with other members or against the gym's stash of weighted bags during boxing classes for adults and tykes, who learn the pugilistic art in an Olympic-sized ring that, according to the Washington Post, "bears no resemblance to the worn, dingy boxing gyms of Hollywood movies, even though some Gold and Silver Gloves fighters, and a few pros, have trained there."
The staff of personal trainers and athletes show new members the ropes with three complimentary orientation sessions sessions; during the first, staffers talk to new members about their workout history and goals, and show them how to use Life Fitness treadmills, LifeCycle exercise bikes, elliptical cross-trainers, and stair climbers. On the second visit, they explain how to use Hammer Strength and Life Fitness strength-training and toning equipment. On the third and final visit, staffers give members their own personalized workout program, calibrated to help them reach their goals. From there, members can forge their own fitness paths or buddy up with a personal trainer.
Staffed by trained personnel, the bright and roomy childcare center keeps young ones engaged with toys, a big-screen TV, and a PlayStation. After adults catch their own entertainment in the cardio theater that projects movies as guests decimate calories, they can relax in the sauna, hop into the tanning beds, or shower off sweat and punching-bag tears.
Optimism is contagious at Positive Vibes Fitness, a personal-training studio where clients tackle physical challenges with upbeat attitudes and functional fitness tools. David E. Cox, an ACE-certified personal trainer, helps clients locate the greatness that lies within and turn it into fuel for fun, challenging workouts. Many of his charges train in groups of two or more, which lets them cheer each other toward goals such as losing weight, boosting sports performance, and successfully arm wrestling the Statue of Liberty. Heavy objects such as kettlebells and battling ropes fortify limbs and cores, and TRX suspension-training straps build full-body strength and flexibility with body-weight exercises that can be tailored to nearly any fitness level. To help clients melt calories and stress, the studio also hosts group fitness classes, including dance-inspired routines filled with salsa, hip-hop, and reggaeton tunes.
The trained technicians at B&B Customs customize vehicles with a slew of gadgets, such as remote-start and security systems from Code Alarm. They give drivers fobs that have the power to start engines from afar and unlock doors without a key or secret password, and they boost in-car entertainment with audio and video systems, such as MP3-accessible CD receivers or custom subwoofers. In 2004, the company added a scooter shop and loaded it with a stockpile of scooters and ATVs for renting, buying, or using to patch a scooter-shaped hole in your wall.