Anytime Fitness, which boasts 2,398 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Driven by a desire to share the life-changing potential of martial arts, Dean Konley founded American Dojo in 1994. But his journey to that point wasn’t easy. As a child, Konley struggled with dyslexia, a condition that followed him into adolescence. Weighed down by bullying and constant frustration, he resorted to destructive behavior. Then, Konley found martial arts. Practicing martial arts gave Konley an outlet, and it quickly became a source of the success, discipline, and self-confidence he’d lacked in other areas of life. Konley earned his first black belt in 1986 and hasn’t quit progressing since.
Today, alongside his wife, Virginia, and a staff of highly trained instructors, Konley heads two American Dojo locations. Both of Konley’s facilities are family-oriented, and both offer classes for students as young as 4. Beyond empowering its members through goal-oriented lessons and programs, American Dojo opens its doors for birthday parties, too, allowing youngsters to burn off energy in a more positive manner than teaching the dog how to count cards at the casino.
To prepare for his Army training, CrossFit Waukesha's Coach Ryan first sought out several personal trainers. When their regimens didn't have the desired effects, he decided to take his health—and subsequently, that of others—into his own hands. By running CrossFit Waukesha, Ryan is able to lift, run, and toss medicine balls alongside his students. He leads classes whose movements are scalable to all skill levels, utilizing tools such as pull-up bars, barbells, and gymnastic rings to craft ever-varied routines. His expertise as an ACSM-certified trainer complements his devotion to the CrossFit method—exercises that mimic real-life movements, performed at a high intensity for functional fitness.
Josh Maney, owner and head trainer at The Underground, means business. Before founding his own fitness center, he studied health and human performance in college, played college football, worked at Equinox and Gold’s gyms, and became a certified personal trainer and performance-enhancement specialist. Today, he puts all this experience to use in The Underground’s indoor facilities, where his clients see classic free weights in place of treadmills, televisions, and mirrors. With a focus on functional movement, the staff leads clients in small-group classes, in which they build strength and condition their bodies by eschewing isolation and training muscle groups together.
iCOMBAT Madison takes laser tag to the next level with high-tech tactical equipment and sets that rival those of a Hollywood action movie. Beginning and advanced players can compete in high-octane solo outings or exciting team missions, such as Blackhawk Down, and earn ranks for completed missions. Navigating through the laser combat zone, players run, roll, and leap frog through the streets while completing multiple missions during a 90-minute period. The fully-immersive course is also equipped with a range of environmental lighting, realistic sounds, intense special effects, and props that create the feel of a live-action battle.
At CrossFit 262, John Schmidt?an NCSA certified coach and former All-American wrestler?does the same exercises as a child or a senior citizen. That's because CrossFit varies its workouts by intensity, but not by skill level. During introductory CrossFit 101 sessions, John and the rest of the staff teach newcomers all of the prerequisite movements for classes, including deadlifts, squats, cleans, and rope-climbing. The gym also hosts CrossFit Unloaded classes, which utilize lighter weights and don't require the CrossFit 101 series as a prerequisite.