At Powerhouse Gym, a great fitness experience is available 24 hours a day during the week and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. Along with the personal training and nearly 150 weekly group fitness classes that include everything from indoor cycling to yoga and Zumba, the newly remodeled facility features top-of-the-line equipment, plus a 16,000-square-foot outdoor sports arena for basketball and soccer camps. Two swimming pools let guests train for triathlons while a unique cardio cinema entertains land-roving athletes. After workouts, exercisers can soothe hard-working muscles with massages at the gym's spa, which includes a jacuzzi and a sauna. And clients can find sun-kissed satisfaction in the selection of tanning booths, whether gearing up for a bodybuilding competition or simply trying to obtain a golden hue to better hide in a barrel of lucky cats. Spray tanning is also available along with childcare six days a week as well as senior discounts through SilverSneakers and Silver & Fit programs.
Since 1996, fitness guru Chanelle Neilson has shaped bodies into acrobatic lawn ornaments, and on March 1 of this year, she opened Balanced Life Yoga to cater to the pose-deprived denizens of Beaumont. Connect body and mind without the use of kite string with a 10-class punch card, which grants access to relaxation and family yoga sessions taught in the flowing Vinyasa method. Up to 45 human paperclips twist and turn in dizzying synchronization during classes that last between 30 and 60 minutes, with three morning workout opportunities offered per week and additional classes forthcoming. Balanced Life Yoga’s padded floors comfortably support downward-facing dogs and sideways-rolling armadillos, and yoga mats may be brought from home or borrowed from the studio.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 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.
In Block Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot gym, certified trainers create a motivating and welcoming environment while teaching a system that anyone can learn. The inclusiveness of CrossFit is what drew owners Joe and Chris to CrossFit in the first place. They wanted to create a place where a sense of community could blossom, as well as fitness. As they perform functional movements at a high intensity, encouragement to reach finish lines and meet goals abound from both trainers and students. Besides that positive reinforcement, they keep everyone engaged by changing routines daily and avoiding the boredom of repetition.
Most popular service: Facials, chemical peels, aesthetics, medical weight loss
Brands Used: SkinMedica, Botox, Juvéderm
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
The team of doctors and nurses at Before-N-After Weight Loss and Wellness don't operate their center the same way others might. They supplement their weight-loss and anti-aging services with full-time supervision and support from medical professionals, helping their clients get results. Over time, that particular blend of treatment and expertise has won the team a fair amount of recognition. Among their awards, they boast a prestigious Black Diamond rating from Allergan—the maker of Botox and Juvéderm—and were voted the Favorite Weight Loss Center in 2012 by readers of North County Times.
Originally developed by the Soviet Union for cosmonauts, whole-body vibration and its health benefits are now accessible to anyone in short, 10-minute sessions. The device consists of a small platform that clients can stand, sit, or lay on as it vibrates. As muscles contract and work to keep the body in position, clients may see greater muscle tone over time, as well as possible improvements to arthritis, circulation, and flexibility. No change of clothes is necessary, as there tends to be no sweating during sessions, and use of the machine is appropriate for clients of any fitness level.