For many people, relaxing and exercising are very different activities, carried out in very different places. But at RelaXercise Fitness Spa, those two worlds set aside their differences and come together to simultaneously soothe and tone bodies. Wooden accents and soft colors decorate the spa side of the facility, where nail technicians pamper clients and beautify nails with manicures and pedicures. On the fitness end of things, instructors lead groups through high-energy boot camp workouts and the lively dance steps of Zumba. The RelaXercise fitness team also leads multi-week weight loss programs that cover a wide range of topics, including how to burn away unwanted fat, how to avoid roadblocks in dieting, and how to repurpose old jeans and create a second family out of scarecrows.
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 Gym 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 along 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.
Yoga has been a part of Robin’s life since 1968, though it didn’t completely take hold until 1999 when she became a certified instructor. Since then, she has built a community of holistic healing around her yoga practice with Robin’s Yoga & Healing Center, LLC, offering wellness services such as thai yoga bodywork, reiki, and breath-work sessions.
Inside Evolutions Fitness Training’s 3,000-square-foot fitness facility, patrons craft well-rounded health regimens amid mirror-lined walls, Nautilus weight machines, TV-clad cardio equipment, and a variety of free weights. Led by motivational instructors, boot-camp and Zumba classes prevent stagnation with energetic music and challenging routines that spice up traditional workouts without replacing barbells with live mountain lions. The gym’s certified personal trainers push clients through plateaus or jump-start training, elucidating proper form and the necessary nutrition to build a strong, healthy body.
Founded by Miss Fitness U.S.A. Champion and World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation Figure Pro Shelly Rego and led by the trained Forever Health and Fitness GroupXTreme Classes crew, members are able to get fit and have a good time doing it. Each week, they pack a schedule with Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes taking place in a studio promoting a nightclub atmosphere. As global beats thud through the speakers, the students throw themselves into the aerobic dance workout’s easy-to-follow choreography, which makes the classes feel more like a party than a visit to the gym. The staff has also been known to organize flash-mob dances with routines taught during class. At the start of the year, instructors lead a six-week Resolution Solution program that helps clients achieve their fitness goals, such as losing weight, becoming more active, or being able to do the worm all the way to the gym and back.
At Pro-Fitness Plus, a professional staff of trainers and nutritionists help clients of all ages and fitness levels achieve their desired results, whether they’re looking to tone up, stay healthy, or slim down. Members can take advantage of more than 350 pieces of equipment ranging from 110-pound dumbbells to recumbent bikes, treadmills, and cross-trainers. The 46,000-square-foot space also features a full outdoor basketball court, 50-inch plasma TVs, and locker rooms equipped with saunas for steaming healthy bowls of broccoli.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, stair-climbers—most gyms are packed with equipment just like this. What makes Elite Fitness Center unique is that every membership also comes with a team of certified trainers who help each person get the most out of each workout. To begin, trainers assess personal fitness levels and use that data to apply the best methods for losing weight, improving stamina, and building enough muscle to open any jar. Their customized programs achieve that through cardio and resistance training as well as in-depth nutritional counseling. Elite also hosts kickboxing and karate classes, giving participants several group-oriented approaches to fitness.