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 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.
A tough upbringing didn't stop Lincoln Wallace from achieving a happy, successful life. Now a seventh-degree black belt in karate, Lincoln opened Wallace Fitness to help others reach their fitness goals, and he wrote a book intended to inspire others to stay positive and achieve their own ambitions even when the cards seem stacked against them.
At Wallace Fitness, Lincoln Wallace and wife Siné, who is also a black belt, lead pulse-pumping personal training, self-defense, and strength-training sessions. Classes and personal-training sessions employ kickboxing workouts, TRX suspension cables, and interval training to spark the metabolism, burn fat, and build lean muscle mass.
Infinity Fitness & Medi Spa combines its fully equipped health club with a 3,000-square-foot day spa that revivifies bodies with a slew of pampering services. Coddle weary digits with an Infinity spa manicure, which carefully sculpts nails and cuticles. A hot-towel wrap and hand and forearm massage loosen limbs, while a professional polish refines the phalanges for elegant head scratching and sophisticated wet willies. A pedicure de-stresses steppers with an aromatherapy soak and light massage. Callus removal and exfoliation break through the foot's toughened exterior, softening the skin and warming the sole before a coat of polish seals in any lingering beauty vapors.
Small class sizes enable nationally-certified trainers to provide students with individualized attention during CrossFit sessions at Live Breathe CrossFit & Wellness Studio. Trainers ensure the correct form is used during weight lifting reps and holds on the gymnastics rings, and watch over trainees swinging kettlebells and hopping up onto wooden boxes. On nice days, workouts move outside, where teams dig their heels in the sand while playing tug o’ war, sprinting across the beach, or pretending to be person-shaped pieces of driftwood. In addition to CrossFit classes, the gym also offers yoga classes that can help improve core strength and flexibility.
Natural rock salts cover every wall surface of The Salt Room's treatment rooms, including the floors and ceilings. The facility uses salt's innate antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help alleviate a number of symptoms, from allergies and asthma to bronchitis and emphysema. Inside those treatment rooms, visitors lounge in comfortable recliners while breathing in the healing particles, which clear nasal and lung passageways of allergens, bacteria, and mucus blockage. The Salt Room also offers various unsalted services, including acupuncture, massage, skin care, and yoga.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.