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 members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers in cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, bolster flexibility during yoga, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines.
At the Gold's Gym Northwest locations, instructors lead water-aerobics classes within 25-yard salt-purified pools before cooling off in spacious hot tubs. The gyms also boast innovative cardio cinema theaters, where popular films and concession-stand advertisements flicker across massive flat screens as guests peddle away on treadmills and elliptical machines. After lively rounds of racquetball, members can unwind in steam rooms and saunas or sip on replenishing smoothies at the juice bar. During the week, the gyms keep round-the-clock hours.
Under the watchful eye of skilled instructors, clients at Active Body Pilates use Pilates mat exercises and specially designed apparatuses to tone their core muscles without building bulk. The studio offers a schedule of group classes, private training sessions, and duet sessions to cater to roaming mobs of ab enthusiasts as well as solitary core-whittlers. Owner Jana Broecking, a certified STOTT Pilates instructor, and her equally talented staff lead visitors through exercises that improve posture, relieve back pain, increase flexibility, and easily confuse predators.
In 2003, two fitness gurus hatched a plan to open Klahanie Fitness because they wanted to give their community a welcoming, non-intimidating health club to call its own. To achieve such inclusiveness, they made memberships affordable, and they ensured the gym was family-friendly by providing a kids' room. They also staffed the space with friendly, knowledgeable people and a no-pressure sales team that doesn't work on commission. Furthermore, the cardio, free-weight, and strength-training equipment is as easy to use as it is effective. On top of all these benefits, visitors can complement regular workout routines with personal training, boot camp, and sports-focused programs.
Spread across 17,500 square feet of training space and a 5,000 square foot indoor turf field, CrossFit Bellevue's huge equipment cache ensures that members have the ability to challenge themselves within a safe and supportive environment. But just what kind of equipment are we talking about? Try two indoor sprint tracks, 21 regulation-size lifting platforms, ropes, rings, bars, and medicine balls. Yet with all those options, safety remains the key priority for the coaches—including former members of the armed services and competitive athletes—who monitor each student's technique to help minimize injury risk and maximize effectiveness.
These CrossFit workouts emphasize the importance of functional exercises that mirror the kinds of movements people use in everyday life, such as running, jumping, climbing, lifting, and throwing. With the help of kettlebells, free weights, sandbags, and other objects, trainers can teach people of all fitness levels how to scale the load and intensity of each exercise. It's that extra level of care and individualized attention that helps keep members feeling confident and motivated as they work toward their fitness goals.
Back when it opened its first location, Crunch gym had no air conditioning or locker rooms, so staffers had to invent novel tactics to attract members, such as enlisting a live rapper to accompany hip-hop aerobics sessions. Bereft of fancy trimmings, the staff relied on imaginative classes that combined exercise with fun to build a base of loyal fandom and positive buzz. Their judgment-free attitudes and creativity eventually paid off, giving them enough steam to accrue new equipment, several franchise locations, and a reputation for turning boring workouts on their heads.
Today, Crunch locations have all the expected amenities. They boast brand-name machinery and certified trainers, as well as involvement with dotFIT, an online fitness and nutrition resource for members. They also host a range of group fitness classes, covering disciplines such as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and TRX.
The team at Access Wellness Center beautifies patients with an arsenal of noninvasive medical procedures, cosmetic treatments, and holistic healing. They firm up sagging stomachs with Cellu M6 Lipomassage treatments, and perform noninvasive facelifts to invigorate drooping cheeks without the use of surgery or a troupe of stand-up comedians. They also assuage aches with multiple massage modalities, and bring chakras into balance with holistic healing methods that incorporate energy awareness and meditation.