At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.
Like a teenager who seems to have a smart-aleck answer for everything, Raintree Swim & Racquet Club seems to have a court for any situation. Tennis players can seek refuge from the wind or rain on four recently resurfaced indoor courts, play late into the night on one of eight lighted outdoor courts, or etch portraits of Pete Sampras's dog, Tennis Dog, into the dust of two outdoor clay courts. Throughout the summer, USPTA- and USPTR-certified tennis instructors offer private lessons, summer camps, and clinics for juniors and adults. When players aren’t practicing their backhands, they can work out on the fitness center’s cardiovascular equipment or show up for one of 13 different fitness classes. Guests can also splash away the summer heat at Raintree's Olympic-size outdoor pool, which features a low and high dive, six swimming lanes, and a 3-foot wading area for people whose heads are allergic to water. It’s here that the club holds swimming lessons for preschoolers and competitive swimmers alike.
The class rows in unison, guiding a raft across the pond and back. Upon landing, the group splits into teams of two, each hoisting up a log and pressing it overhead. Through such group training, the instructors behind SEAL Team Physical Training, Inc. demonstrate their philosophy that teamwork brings out the best in people. Greeting everyone with a hearty “Hoo yah!” they lead a fitness program designed by Navy SEAL John McGuire that never repeats the same workout. Training begins with the two-week basic-fitness class, which prepares clients of all fitness levels to enter ongoing membership training. There are also specialized programs for youth, marathon runners, and wile e. coyotes. SEAL Team PT’s results have earned recognition in publications such as Sports Illustrated as well as on Dr. Oz for a client who lost 160 pounds.
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 and use more than 150 pieces of cardio equipment, attend over 100 different classes, and play on the racketball court, basketball court and in the pool. 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 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. Members also have access to Kids Care and even tanning booths.