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During the day or night, on a holiday or a plain old Tuesday, Anytime Fitness is always open. Once they register, members get a key to the gym’s secured entryway, which means they have 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year access to any of the club’s nearly 1,800 locations all over the globe. Personal trainers staff each location, where they lead customized one-on-one training sessions or provide quick and simple tips for using the gym’s high-quality cardio and strength-training equipment. The roster of group classes includes kickboxing and boot camp to whip bodies into shape in a fun and supportive environment. After a sweat session, members can head to the locker room for a shower or catch up on their stories on one of the treadmills equipped with a personal TV. Exercisers can also accentuate their hard-earned musculature with a tanning session or two, since access to beds is either added onto their membership for an additional fee or billed on a pay-per-use basis.

1700 Grand Avenue Pkwy
Pflugerville,
TX
US

Equipment: Hoses, battling ropes, tires, medicine balls, jump boxes, sledgehammers, etc.
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 2004
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: This go-at-your-own-pace class is designed to cater to both beginners as well as advanced athletes.

Q&A with Carlos Vega, Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our workouts are a progression in fitness. The workouts are challenging but at the clients own pace so as not to discourage a beginner.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes, music definitely sets the mood for a great workout. We look for music that has at least 130 to 150 beats per minute.

Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
You Want Results, Then Train Like It.

3730 County Road 123
Round Rock,
TX
US

As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.

8516 Anderson Mill Rd
Austin,
TX
US

Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, pull up rigs, atlas stones, kettlebells
Students should bring: Comfortable workout clothes; we have a cold water fountain
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Established: 2013
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Concentrate on technique, work hard, be consistent, and challenge yourself.

Q&A with Tommy, Coach

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We give people free Bat City branded swag and permanent discounts just for having good attendance at no extra cost. For example, six workouts earns one koozie; 15 workouts earns one water bottle; and 21 workouts earns a free t-shirt. If you hit large milestones like 100 workouts, we give you a permanent discount of 10% off and your picture on the wall of fame. We put every single athlete's personal record on the board so they can see themselves constantly getting stronger and faster. It also helps coaches to know exactly what each athlete's stats are. Workouts are constantly varied—but not random—and focused on getting stronger and faster in a safe environment. We also give people free membership to Beyond the Whiteboard so they can track their workouts.

Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. Safety is our number one rule. You start by learning technique, then you gain consistency, and then you can apply intensity. It's not always easy to go to a large, faceless gym by yourself with no coach to build a program that's right for you. While one or two coaches runs each class, participants support and root for each other. The last person to finish a workout is just as important as the first person to finish a workout. You can compete against each other, or you can just compete against yourself. Everything is scalable, and we have athletes of all ages and fitness levels. Also, everything is measurable, so you'll see yourself getting better every day.

12400 Amherst Drive, Ste 104
Austin,
TX
US

Equipment: Rogue Equipment and Fringe Sport
Students should bring: A bottle of water and mental and physical fortitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Established: 2013
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be excited and open minded. We believe everyone is an athlete, and welcome all skill levels.

Q&A with Athan, Owner, Head Coach, and Trainer

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The best thing about Fortitude are the workouts. They incorporate key principles from CrossFit, keeping them constantly varied, but also challenging the athlete to push themselves mentally and physically. We create a friendly and supportive atmosphere so that even tough workouts make you feel successful and accomplished, leaving you ready to take on anything that comes up in life.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
When people workout on their own, they often have a difficult time really challenging themselves and seeing the results they are hoping for. With the right fitness program, you can exercise, have a life, and see the progress you want for your body. Plus, having a group environment helps to keep up your morale and encourages you to show up, because you feel accountable to the friends you make at the gym.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Music is really important when you workout. And everyone in Austin has an opinion about music. That's why we take requests from our athletes and build workout playlists from their suggestions. We're all about giving you the best workout possible and the best environment to do it in.

828 Airport Blvd.
Austin,
TX
US

Equipment: Rogue, Title Boxing, Concept2, Kettle Bells, FringeSport, Obstacles
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel, etc.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Established: 2013
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

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7401 Old Bee Caves Rd
Austin,
TX
US