Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
The Club Fitness & Tanning is a full-service fitness center fostering a healthier lifestyle for its members through a host of sweat-inducing services. Members gain access to a plethora of strength-building circuit-training equipment, free weights, and cardio machines, which, unlike racing thoughts and running jokes, actively work to combust calories. Keep muscles motivated and limbs limber with a wide array of group fitness classes, including aerobics, kickboxing, toning, and yoga, and build tone and group-mind under the watchful eye of a skilled instructor.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
At Franks Knockout Fitness, former professional boxer Frank Perez trains his students like prize fighters. That means plenty of punching-bag work, jump-rope work, interval-training circuits, and Rocky quotes. The result is a full-body workout that improves cardio fitness, tones muscle, and teaches self-defense techniques. You don't have to be a pro fighter to sign up for a class, though. Perez welcomes all experience and fitness levels.
When setting out to found Aquus, cofounders Julie Abraham, a slave to chronic pain for decades, and Barb Bergmans, the fitness coach who helped free her from it, envisioned a place where individuals could work out without feeling intimidated. They now put this plan in action along with help from a former professional ice-hockey player, who devises wellness plans geared toward individual needs. The team’s progressive approach to personal training includes three tiers—each focused on nutrition and exercise—that build upon the previous stage. In addition to personal training, they captain group classes ranging from Zumba to PiYo.
The varied workouts get underway in two studios. One has maple-wood floors for group classes, yoga, and personal training, and a second studio contains a clattering chorus of free weights. An infrared sauna and juice bar refresh patrons before they return to work or go back to ripping apart a rival’s phonebook collection.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Centennial Fitness members can stop by the 18,000-square-foot facility for a workout tailored to their individual needs. Across five different training rooms, free weights and Hammer Strength equipment tone physiques, while the gentle whir of cardio machines signifies the rapid burning of calories. Certified personal trainers customize workouts, and instructors lead groups through kickboxing and zumba classes. The center’s sauna and steam room lull muscles into a state of relaxation, while an on-site daycare takes away the stress of finding a babysitter.