Anytime Fitness 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 fit-seekers challenge themselves on Precor cardio and strength machines and hoist 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’ staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms.
At My Pilates Studio, a team of Pilates instructors, many of them certified by Stott, lead classes ranging from ballet barre to prenatal Pilates. In studios with shining hardwood floors and mauve walls, students strengthen their cores, increase their flexibility, and boost their overall wellness with top-of-the-line equipment and supportive peers. The studio strives to create a soothing atmosphere with features such as a burbling fountain, freshly cut flowers, and soft lighting.
Inside Prodigy Training Center's state-of-the-art facility, rows of weight-training equipment and a turf training area form the venue for all manners of pulse-pounding workouts. Here, seasoned fitness coaches push their students to the limit as they help them shed pounds and build overall strength and endurance. In addition, the studio conditions minds and muscles during several self-defense classes, including krav maga, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and wrestling.
Fitness 3K is the brainchild of Chideha Warner, who in addition to holding certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association and USA Boxing and Boxing Fitness Institute, has trained numerous professional athletes. He and his staff aim to conquer obesity through one-on-one programs that combine cardiovascular and strength training regimens with nutrition guidelines. Instructors also lead high-energy cardio boxing and boot camp classes, and increase speed and agility with sports performance training.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
While the term "spinning" may bring to mind Ed Sullivan–introduced plate-balancing variety acts of yesteryear, Club Champions' "spinning" classes ($15 per class) refer to stationary-exercise-bike classes. On "spinning" bikes, you and a gaggle of grounded gear grinders will be led by a certified instructor through 45 minutes of cycling. Spinning class gets the heart racing and helps tone both inner- and outer-thigh muscles. Each session can burn up to 450 calories, effectively wiping out that chop suey you had for breakfast. And with a flock of other fitnessers in the class with you, you'll find no shortage of support as you pretend you're pedaling up the snow-smothered face of Mount Everest.