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.
A visit to Ahlara International can prove to be a transformative experience in more than a few ways. Beyond functioning as a retreat and a relaxing destination, each private room of Ahlara is decorated with hand-selected wares from around the globe, picked up by coowner Lynne Wiggins during her travels. The result is a unique vibe that sets the tone for spa services such as skincare, massages, and waxing. At the center's brand new yoga studio, instructors lead groups of students through balancing, restorative movements suited for a variety of levels. Ahlara also includes a boutique shop full of contemporary clothes and handbags as well as healing tools and crystals.
Xtend Barre classes meld together Pilates, dance, and sculpting exercises to chisel bodies in a 55-minute accelerated ballet-barre workout. Created by a professional dancer and choreographer, the fun, energetic workouts are designed to stretch and stimulate all parts of the body, leaving it long, lean, and equally proportioned—unlike old-fashioned routines that only work the earlobes. The experienced instructors will lead student dancers through this sprightly barre-based exercise, which can be modified to provide a stimulating workout for guests of all ages and abilities—from a bending beginner to a fitness fiend as carved as a soap statue of a standing rib roast. Check out the online class schedule to see when classes are offered before scheduling your first session.
LKN Athletic Club facilities are lined with rows of indoor cycles and free weights, and quicken heart rates with cardio theaters packed with flat-screen TVs, treadmills, and ellipticals. Indoor basketball courts encourage sports-based workouts, and group and personal-fitness sessions sweat under the tutelage of nationally certified trainers. A curriculum of 14 classes features Body Attack and Body Combat courses from the Les Mills program and Silver Sneakers sessions for older adults. For a more relaxing trip to the gym, clients can lie down in a tanning bed to work on their outer glow or bolster resistance to solar flares.
The body-bending gurus at Community Yoga escort students through a variety of muscle-stretching yoga classes suitable for all skill levels. Beginning benders can stretch during the Hatha yoga basics class, which moves at a slower pace to introduce newbies to the practice; or try the Vinyasa session that promotes muscular stamina through faster-moving pose transitions. Yogis can also experience more specialized practices, such as Subtle Yoga, which explores the deeper, more cerebral aspects of yoga. Community Yoga lives up to its name by seeking out a local charity every year to support by donating time, services, and money. With classes seven days a week, the studio provides a schedule as flexible as a slinky made out of cooked spaghetti.
After recovering from a serious illness, Judy Storey strengthened and toned her body anew through a pole-dancing fitness regimen, an experience she passes along to pupils at PoleFit Carolinas. Now a certified instructor, Judy helps fortify cores and self-confidence in women of all ages through a plethora of pole-dancing, stretching, strengthening, toning and cardio dance courses within the 3,250-square-foot facility. When patrons aren't imitating a climbing mime on the studio’s 11 14-foot X-Poles, they can relax in the lounge area.