American Health Fitness Centers has welcomed Fort Wayne residents in pursuit of fitness for more than 50 years, stocking two locations with free weights, cardio television areas, and a congenial staff. The North Clinton Street location's indoor pool hosts aerobics sessions for low-impact, aqueous workouts and a whirlpool for high-impact relaxation sessions, and the center on Illinois Road magnifies muscles with a full Hammer Strength strength-training room. Body-sculpting group classes at each locale guide limbs through step maneuvers, Pilates poses, and dumbbell heaves. For additional fees, certified personal trainers steer physiques through custom programs and the gyms' childcare services entertain youngsters with barbell juggling ($2/day per child).
Old meets new at Lighten Up Wellness Center. The basic philosophies that guide alternative healers Barbara and Kent Murphy revolve around chi, balance, and disease prevention. How they work with those ideas, however, ranges from the traditional to the ultracontemporary. The duo might suggest Neti Pot usage, for instance, or hook clients up to the Chi Machine.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats are as varied as the workouts themselves. At the Wallen Road location, there are Jazzercises geared toward sculpting your bod, as well as dance-circuit training to help you get those arms you asked for last Christmas. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Spiece Fitness is like the exercise world’s Library of Alexandria, holding a vast catalogue of more than 70,000 square feet of cardio and strength-training equipment. And much like the ancient library, Spiece Fitness also houses sweeping hardwood basketball courts and a 25-yard pool. To help navigate the sprawling array, certified fitness trainers walk guests through operating the equipment or direct them to the saunas. In three exercise studios, they lead fitness-seekers through personal-training sessions and a variety of energetic group classes—including Pilates, Zumba, and spinning. Meanwhile, coaches oversee adult and youth basketball games along the four hardwood courts as runners race around an indoor track. After workouts, jog-weary exercisers can replenish over protein shakes at the onsite bistro or unwind with massages in the day spa.
The fitness center is housed in the famous Spiece Fieldhouse—a 150,000-square-oot facility that is home to a variety of diverse tenants—from a martial arts studio to a hair salon. The walls of the facility pop with rare autographed jerseys and more than 200 autographed Hollywood collectables, and marble statues and antique furniture make playing paintball games virtually impossible. The Fieldhouse has played host to a variety of visiting celebrities, including Michael Jordan, a famous basketball player.
Opening doors for 24 hours a day, seven days a week is an exhausting proposition for any doorman, unless he's a robot. That's why Anytime Fitness—having redirected its robot budget into tanning beds, and cardio equipment with built-in TVs—installed a keycard-activated security system instead. The electronic guardian keeps gym members secure while admitting them at any time of day or night for their workouts.
During daylight hours, certified instructors incinerate calories with group fitness classes or Latin-inspired Zumba dancercise. Personal trainers coach clients in one-on-one sessions, tailoring regimens to each individual's level of fitness, past injuries, or number of tentacles. To relax after workouts, staffed tanning beds stand by to bronze bodies.