Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club’s members gain unbridled access to a 60,000-square-foot paradise of fitness and recreation, where indoor aerobics classes, sporting activities, and poolside recreation await individuals and families of all persuasions. When not absorbed by reality shows and C-SPAN soap operas on the exercise machines’ cardio cinemas, members can take lethargy to task in a range of aerobics, yoga, and Pilates classes hosted in the gym’s lower-level studios. Just next door, a competition-size pool opens its warm, watery arms with eight lanes and 25 yards dedicated to backstroke battles, recreational splish-splashes, and swim-aerobics classes (included with membership). An outdoor waterpark complex ups the aquatic ante with its large pool, lazy river, and a “Big Dipper” slide that momentarily shoots children into outer space for play dates with extraterrestrials. A separate KidZone area ($2.50/hour a child) staffed by highly trained professionals keeps tykes entertained with safe and stimulating activities while their parents hit the gym. The club also hosts special programs and summer camps for children, such as a Gym and Swim class for kids ages 4–7 and cootie self-defense courses for kids of all ages.
Open 18 hours a day, 365 days a year, Carolina Health Club's friendly staff and modern facilities motivate members to achieve their fitness-related goals in a supportive, stress-free environment. With ample parking and dozens of treadmills, spin stations, elliptical machines, and a spacious open floor for exercise equipment and free weights, the gym provides a comfortable atmosphere without the crowding and unmotivational headbutts common at larger commercial gyms. Your one-month membership will include access to classes such as cardio kickboxing and Pilates, both of which welcome participants of all fitness and activity levels (some classes, such as jazzercise and stretch training, may require an additional fee).
?Routine is the enemy??a statement Scott and Laura Garrison proclaim with the seriousness of a war declaration. They believe that exercise all too often makes a shift from ritual to routine, losing all spontaneity and excitement, as well as inspiring many people to quit before they can reap the benefits of their hard work. At CrossFit Confortare, the duo work to diminish the number of quitters by leading a boredom-crushing, ever-changing workout of the day, as well as by fostering a community where students challenge one another in friendly competition and hold themselves accountable to their own goals. They structure their workouts around functional movements people use in their everyday lives, such as squatting to pick up loose change or performing knee lifts to punt their outgoing mail across town to the post office each morning. Workouts range from fundamental exercises, such as pushups and jump rope sets, to intense spurts of Olympic lifts and rope climbing. To supplement their physical instruction, the Garrisons also provide guidance on eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
South African native Corne' Rutherford, the certified Pilates instructor who owns Pilates 4 Poise, teaches precise flowing movements that fortify the body's core region. Rutherford draws from more than a decade of experience to craft one-hour routines filled with time-tested muscle-isolation exercises developed by boxer, circus performer, and fitness innovator Joseph Pilates. Appropriate for all levels of strength and flexibility, classes incorporate deep-breathing exercises so that students can pump oxygen throughout their bodies and exhale pent-up giggles before they erupt mid-wedding vow. In addition to demonstrating the movements, Rutherford observes the group, sharing tips on form, technique, and alignment to promote safety and maximize the exercises' benefits.
Drawing from her training in dance and yoga and the Pilates certification she earned in 2001, owner Ashley Hayes leads fitness classes that emphasize mindful movements. She animates a hands-on mentality during Pilates and barre dynamics sessions, which require students to consistently monitor their range of motion. Ashley imparts this approach to help her students increase stamina and muscle tone through the repeated execution of the proper technique, as opposed to brute repetition. Her elegant exercise regimens can build long, lean muscles over time while encouraging the kind of posture that makes a drill sergeant feel like Quasimodo.
Equipment: Ballet barres, gymnastics mats, Marley flooring system
Students Should Bring: Water bottle, proper dance shoes based on genre of dance class
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot