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.
Motivate, but don't intimidate. That may as well be engraved into the business card of Sam Baldwin, a certified personal trainer of more than eight years. Soft-spoken, Sam trades traditional scare tactics such as screaming and wearing a Freddy Krueger mask for intangibles: he's inspirational, attentive, and motivating. Oh, and he's basically an encyclopedia of exercise techniques. At Team Sam Inc., Sam engineers one-on-one training programs built around every client's individual goals. To keep workout routines interesting, Sam consistently switches up the exercise selection—a theme that carries over to weekly backyard boot camp sessions, which get hearts pumping with squats, pushups, and other calorie-burning exercises.
Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.