Equipment: LifeFitness treadmills, ellipticals, exercise cycles, and stair climbers
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You can exercise any time using your own security-access key.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 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.
Cris Santa Croce and her team of all-female coaches at Kaia Fit Natomas believe that the best personal fitness results are achieved through teamwork. In other words, each athlete needs a network that emotionally supports her and keeps her accountable, whether she's performing a sweat-inducing gym workout or taking an outdoor run on a frosty morning. The coaches live up to this aim by leading a full-body workout designed "for women, by women." Due in part to its team focus and accessibility to all skill levels, the Kaia method has been praised in a number of media outlets, including The Fox 40 Morning Show.
The six-week BRIK boot camp forms the core of Kaia's fitness programs. Three times each year, its leader runs participants through a gauntlet of creative workouts in gymnastics, running, and weight-training, which she compliments with a seasonally focused meal plan. In between these sessions, the Core program combines cross-training workouts with yoga days and Saturday-morning runs in a local park. The I Kan Tri program, on the other hand, takes a more focused approach with triathlon training in which coaches guide their students through a circuit of cycling, swimming, and running, culminating in a sprint or full-length event.
A few years ago, Matt Weaver came down with a serious case of Type-2 diabetes. He needed to get into shape. After much searching, Matt realized that no gym in the area could help him with the kind of intense, focused regimen he needed. He started putting together his own fitness curriculum, wrangling his health into a manageable headlock. With that sorted, Matt set out on a mission to open a facility like the one he'd searched so hard for but was unable to find.
That's where Results the 24 Hour Gym comes in. There, Matt and his business partner have avoided common industry pitfalls, such as throwing clients at a gauntlet of workout equipment, or hiring toned mannequins to lead fitness classes. Instead, they've assembled a team of trainers to spearhead various high-energy group-training programs. Boot camps, for instance, are packed with motivation and little dose of the competitive spirit to help exercisers squeeze the most out of every minute. Meanwhile, the R.I.P.P.E.D. program combines resistance, interval, and plyometric training techniques, all of which exercisers perform to the motivating beat of up-tempo tunes.
Superior Fighting Academy's instructors spent years honing their craft under the tutelage of venerated masters and in the ring at world-renowned championships. Now, they help students build strength in mind and body with martial arts lessons. Aikido classes teach how to defend against an attacker or overenthusiastic hugger with grace, subtlety, and evasion techniques. Students of all ages build powerful, lean muscles and disciplined minds with muay Thai kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Fitness bootcamp sessions help clients motivate themselves to get into shape with a rewarding fitness routine, while cardio kickboxing classes build endurance and agility with challenging legwork.
Curves encourages women to take the reins of their physical health with positive, supportive fitness classes and gym sessions. Pioneering the circuit-training regimen, the gym's trainers crafted a 30-minute workout that accommodates women of all fitness levels with a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercises. For maximum benefit, workout sessions operate in tandem with the trainers' encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and gravity.
Before Results the Training Gym was opened, co-founder Matt Weaver was 120 pounds heavier than he is today. Overweight and diagnosed with diabetes, Matt decided to make a change. However, when he started looking for ways to get healthy, his search came up short and so he decided to figure it out on his own.
Weaver took the time to study all about nutrition, fitness, and weight loss, synthesizing this knowledge into a training program for himself. Once he started seeing results in his own body, Weaver decided to share his findings with others, and thus Results was born. The gym focuses on creating a fitness family, thanks to a team of dedicated trainers who take each guest's health as seriously as they do. Exercise programs include a variety of fitness styles, including boot camp, an intense interval training class, and Zumba.