Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.
Former college athletes Melissa Grandon and Ryan Arguello founded Max Life Fitness & Nutrition to shape up bodies with vigorous workouts and practical nutritional advice. Each boot camp fuses moves from strength training, yoga, kickboxing, kettlebells, and plyometrics in a union as healthy as a marriage between a ThighMaster and a rice cake. Pairing inner health with outer brawn, Max Life consults clients on sound dietary choices through supermarket tours that lead shoppers to the most succulent fruits and the carrots with the least sour expressions on their faces, as well as nutrition workshops, healthy-dish potlucks, and unlimited one-on-one counseling. Classes take place Monday through Friday at 5:15 a.m., 6:15 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:15 p.m.
When students believe they’ve made an errant brushstroke on their canvases, seasoned painter Linda Laughery reassures them that “there are no mistakes.” She believes that each brushstroke, even those that don’t go according to plan, contributes to the uniqueness of every painter. This positive approach to art radiates within her paint-speckled studio, The Social Canvas, where of-age students can loosen their artistic inhibitions with a few sips of wine during fun, carefree painting classes that are friendly to beginners. Families can also embark on painting projects together during family days, when kids practice making art on blank canvases rather than on walls or their parents’ tax papers.
The Social Canvas’ classes typically focus on a particular featured painting depicting images such as a Parisian street scene, a glass of wine, or a vivid landscape. With guidance from Laughery, students re-create the painting and make it their own before bringing the finished masterpiece home to proudly display. "Everybody says they can't do it," Laughery says of those who may not have held a brush since preschool. "But in the end they're shocked that they did."
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Maximum Fitness and X-Press Fitness pump puny tugboat bicep tattoos into bulging battleships with an array of modern cardio and strength equipment, all available at any time via the 24-hour access card. Maximum Fitness members can take part in free one-hour power-yoga classes, held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and patrons of X-Press Fitness can partake in Xrkade Interactive Fitness Club, a virtual world of fitness that relies on interactivity and perspiratory pleasure. Both locations offer sparkling locker rooms, satellite-ready TV screens, and foam-brick walls that await celebratory destructive shoulder charges from all-achieving athletes.
Aspen Athletic Club amasses top-of-the-line equipment, seasoned trainers, and luxurious amenities within five gym spaces across Des Moines. A fleet of cardio and strength-training machinery from brands such as LifeFitness and Star Trac heavily populate the floors, allowing guests ample access to the equipment. In addition to a cardio theater, the Hickman gym boasts 12 onsite tennis courts and specialized studios for martial arts and women-only workouts. Visitors to the 14th Street location can sign up for aquatic classes or swim laps solo across the pool. Other amenities such as tanning, massage therapy, and gold-plated kettlebells vary from club to club.
Certified personal trainers plan out custom routines for clients, and highly qualified instructors lead Zumba steps, spinning seminars, and, at certain locations, fast-paced Les Mills classes. The professional staff also offer nutritional counseling at all locales.