Brothers William and Norman Dabish opened the first Powerhouse Gym in Highland Park, Michigan, in 1975. That gym still stands today in its original location, and has more than 300 sister sites throughout the world, which have hosted workouts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron Diaz, Jerome Bettis, and other celebrities. The internationally recognized chain of gyms keeps its 1.2 million members in shape through fitness classes and a host of free weights and resistance machines at every location. Powerhouse Gym’s rapid growth has even led to the development of a line of branded sportswear, an annual magazine, an internal broadcast network, and the gym's own proprietary muscle.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Lady of Livingston's seasoned trainers guide groups of women toward toned physiques with a flexible schedule of beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness classes. Infusing melodic Latin moves into every session, Zumba challenges participants to swivel their hips and rock out on air maracas to the beat of sultry dance tracks. Meanwhile, Basic Step classes integrate a variety of choreographed aerobic exercises, and high-energy sessions of Sweat-N-Chisel utilize alternating intervals of strength and cardio training to evict invasive fat cells from their protoplasmic digs. Focusing on both mind and body, yoga and mat Pilates encourage participants to submerge themselves in spiritual tranquility as cadenced movements aim to build core strength, increase flexibility, and reconnect shadows to their estranged owners. Spinning classes require an additional $5 fee.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides nonstop security. Take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal-training session introduces gym-goers to each machine, including the outwardly surly but secretly softhearted stationary bikes. Included nutrition guidance and a personal workout plan help keep future physiques in focus. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning to paint newly ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Bees help our ecosystem thrive, pollinating plants as they fly between them to keep our planet's flora diverse and healthy. Yoga serves a similarly comprehensive, connective purpose for the health of our minds and bodies, according to instructors Julia and Nicole Bush. That, and the honey moat they built, is why they named their center Yoga Bee Studio. The classes they and instructor Jennie teach incorporate a variety of sensory elements and yoga styles. "Practicing multiple styles and techniques," say the Bushes, "allows your body to feel its full range of experience."
Among the classes Julia, Nicole, and Jennie teach is Candelight Vinyasa, which is designed to shift students' focus toward the way poses feel rather than what's going on around them. There's also hot Vinyasa, which takes place when the wood-accented studio reaches 90 to 100 degrees. Hatha routines feature poses held for extended periods of time. Restorative classes are recommended for those who are older or healing from injuries. They use props, like soft wedges and rubber chickens that give pep talks, for a gentler experience.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.