Whether seeking a specific sweat session or looking for an intensive cardio overhaul, Diesel Fitness's classes, offered six days a week, cater to every exercising intent. Knead muscles and load biceps with Monday's Buns and Guns class, or sweat out stress with hot yoga on Wednesday evenings. Amenities at Diesel Fitness include a basketball court, an indoor track, free weights, a sauna, a racquetball court, and a cardio room with more than 30 pieces of equipment—one for each ripple in a bodybuilder's pectoral muscle. Diesel Fitness opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, allowing roosters to get in a few bench-press reps before heading to work.
Even though it was founded in the 1930s, the 43-acre Pat's Acres Racing Complex is still a crowd pleaser. Originally designed as a motorcycle racing course, the grounds were later re-built as a go-kart track. Thanks to the allure of its tree-shaded straightaways and tight, tire-squealing turns, the track has since hosted a slew of national championship kart races, including Superkarts! USA's National SKUSA ProMoto Tour. The track also sees pulse-pounding action on a normal day: drivers as young as 14 take spins in a fleet of rentals, which include Sodikart GT 5s. Each cart is equipped with a Honda 9-HP motor, which allows it 1.5 lateral Gs when cutting through tight corners, and the ability to reach speeds up to 60 mph when outrunning a flaming 18-wheeler. Pat's Acres Racing Complex also helps visitors improve their technique with lessons in track etiquette and kart maneuvers that include ample time on the track. Meanwhile, a full on-site paintball facility poses a different, colorful challenge to individuals and teams.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Each noncompetitive Curves facility invites female fitness-seekers to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo.
Keizer Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.