Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
“The beauty of Iyengar yoga in particular is the revelation that there is a living architecture hidden in all of us that only needs unveiling.” So wrote Michael Richards in a profile of B.K.S. Iyengar for TIME Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of 2004. Iyengar, now in his 90s, has been called the “Michelangelo of Yoga.” He still practices yoga daily at the center he founded in Pune, India.
Iyengar's methods find a forum at West Side Yoga, where students learn the discipline and art of yoga for physical, mental, and spiritual transformation. As Richards wrote for TIME, “The goal is to tie the mind to the breath and the body, not to an idea.” West Side Yoga’s instructors follow these ideals, guiding their students to achieve proper alignment, develop acute body awareness, and ultimately cultivate a competitive edge in games of Twister.
Green Body’s beginner and intermediate kettlebell sessions, which take place afternoons and evenings, engage the exerciser’s entire body rather than isolating individual muscles. In 45–60 minute classes, with around 12 participants in each, students grasp thick-handled weights to boost resilience and strength, torch body fat, and build enough confidence to finally let go of that 1999 doctor’s note for a broken ankle. Green Body's plant-peppered, wood-beamed gym represents the center's purpose of promoting earth-friendly lifestyles. Exposed-brick walls line the workout room, which also hosts fighting dummies, rattan dividers, and a zen Buddha statue that giggles when people rub his tummy.
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Lara Olson was unhappy with the quality of art education her children were receiving in school. Taking matters into her own hands, she decided to open KidCreate Studio as a place where youngsters can exercise their creative muscles while practicing the visual arts in a fun learning environment. The studio’s curriculum immerses students in the kaleidoscopic world of art through professional lesson plans, incorporating media ranging from watercolor paints and pencils to clay and cloth. Birthday parties at the studio keep children thoroughly engaged with hands-on activities and themed projects, and play groups lasting up to three hours give kids enough time to make new friends or think up at least a dozen more imaginary ones.
At 84 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breathing, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CorePower Yoga classes lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. During construction of all its new studios, CorePower Yoga strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.