Anytime Fitness accommodates night crawlers and day denizens with 24-hour access to endless rows of equipment, group fitness classes, and personalized training. Custom regimens rounded out by nutritional advice from a certified trainer make each client feel special, like a diamond the size—and shape—of a horse. Group fitness classes, alternatively, promote camaraderie and help participants stave off boredom by presenting a mixed array of drills. The gym's rows of TV-equipped treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary cycles with stair climbers help prepare legs for marathons and broken escalators. Weight machines, dumbbells, and kettlebells enable gym-goers to crank up muscle mass, and an unwinding experience in a high-powered tanning bed sends clients off with a sense of relaxation.
Urban Tactical Defense Center’s diverse team of trainers includes lifelong martial artists, former military personnel, and current police officers. Within the 8,000-square-foot facility—with two sparring rooms and a gym—these trainers pass on the self-defense and fitness techniques they acquired during their demanding careers to students of all ages, covering everything from defense tactics to proper firearms training. They rely on myriad approaches to boost health and self-confidence levels, imparting combat techniques during martial-arts and unarmed-combat classes; fending off calories in Combat Fitness Bootcamp courses; and bulking up entire bodies in circuit-training sessions. They even sprinkle meditation techniques from Chinese qi gong in some of their programs.
Alternatively, the staff leads youngsters through its own original MANTIS curriculum (Manage Any Nasty Trouble in School), acquainting them with tactics for dealing with bullies, teaching them self-defense moves, and hopefully giving them the strength to lift 12 action figures at once.
Amid the fitness equipment of Advanced Performance Fitness and Crossfit’s facility, CrossFit Level 1 and Olympic weightlifting-certified instructors captain a high-intensity athletic training program used by police academies, military operation units, and hundreds of professional athletes around the globe. The innovative system strives to propel participants toward 10 core fitness domains—endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. The key ingredient to this effort is functional movement. In the company of a community of fellow fitness pursuers, students undergo varied regimens. These might incorporate cardio, plyometrics, weight training, and gymnastics, and they all take place under the watch of expert instructors and their team of assistants. Trainers can alter each workout to best suit a student’s wellness goals and level of fitness, while working around restrictive issues such as injuries and cement socks.
As a former athlete who played football in college, Doctor of Chiropractic Brandon Bupp became interested in health care after sustaining several injuries. The doctor wanted to know how to treat them, which led him to a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a chiropractic degree.
Now, at the center, he and his staff treat high-school, college, and professional athletes to keep them competitive in games of football and slapjack. They also treat nonathletes with therapies such as spine adjustments, corrective exercises, wellness advice, and posture and spinal screenings aided by digital spinal imaging.
The friendly staff at Contours, a female-only gym, provides women with manageable 30-minute health solutions and workouts that fit into a busy schedule. Contours uses only weight-bearing, rather than hydraulic, workout equipment, which, like drinking a gallon of milk every hour, has been proven to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They also offer massage therapy to soothe sore soul-sacks, and ionic foot detoxes, which use reflexology and ionic energy to rid the body of contaminants and aid the natural healing process. After the one-month membership ends, Contours Express is offering a discounted activation fee of $20.11 to become a full member (a $149 value).
T.R.Y.-certified yoga instructor Kim MacKay funnels more than 25 years of experience into yoga classes for students of all skill levels. Steeped in ancient traditions such as Kripalu and Anusara, she infuses routines with classic yogic elements such as strength-building poses, deep-breathing exercises, and limbo competitions. Kim makes inhalations and exhalations a central focus during Vinyasa classes, which revolve around dance-like sequences of stretches and bends. Instead of eating sandwiches mid-headstand, class participants can explore mealtime poses during 30- and 60-minute Yoga for Lunch sessions.