What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Attentive yoga instructor, Meena Puri, taps her 500 hours of teacher training to guide students through challenging yoga classes for all skill levels. The studio's 75-minute sessions run six days a week, giving pupils ample opportunity to engage in meaningful yoga-mat bonding. Fledgling flexers can absorb the fundamentals in beginners' classes, where deep breathing and relaxation techniques help to ease into gentle, restorative poses. A sequence of flowing postures linked together with conscious breathing creates muscle-manipulating heat and an invigorating aerobic workout, and yoga-fundamentals sessions stress proper alignment to help mat mavens to achieve a greater range of motion and build mathematically sound human triangles. Endurance, strength, and flexibility classes use a combination of sun salutations, balance poses, and inversions to build strong limbs capable of reciprocating hugs with overzealous spirit bears.
Intermix Fit Club's staff of workout wonks engages patrons in challenging exercises with sessions tailored to specific fitness goals. Designed by a U.S. Navy SEAL, each TRX suspension-training class straps aspiring athletes into a circuit of bands slung from the ceiling that provides resistance on multiple planes of motion. Each member of the 15-person class can expect constant strain in various core muscle groups as they grapple with serpentine harnesses, vanquish calories, and funnel flecks of sweat into a souvenir jar. Classes are open to those 16 years and older, and patrons must weigh less than 300 pounds.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
Bass pulses sync up with heartbeats as up-tempo music reverberates off the sunset-orange walls of the studio at H.E.A.T. 4 Athletes. The sound rattles free weights, massive car tires, and advanced RealRyder exercise bikes, which add side-to-side motion to stationary-bike workouts. The gym, whose name is an acronym for "highly effective athletic training," hosts high-intensity boot-camp classes, cycling courses, and personal-training sessions throughout the week. A staff of certified instructors captains each session, guiding students through effective movements and exercises beneath television screens displaying energizing videos rather than popular morality plays about tortoises.
At Seung-ni Fit Club, natural light flows in from large windows to illuminate punching bags, free weights, and TRX straps that surround an expansive studio beneath high ceilings. In this setting, students of all ages and ability levels obliterate calories under the watchful eye of instructors, who aim to get to know each participant and contribute to a convivial atmosphere. Five programs, such as the eight-week Body Challenge, join drop-in classes of Zumba and Kangoo Jumps on the packed schedule, whose classes go from early morning to late evening.