Make sure you won't get locked out of your gym for the night with today's Groupon: one month of 24/7 access to Anytime Fitness. A month's dues are worth $44.95, and your Groupon includes the $35 key-card charge, making it a total value of $79.95. You'll have your choice of 14 locations in the Austin area, but once you pick one, you will have to go there for the rest of your month. If you decide to join the gym after your month, Anytime Fitness will waive its $99 enrollment fee.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Best of all, Anytime's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses not to get in shape. If you like having excuses, you might prefer Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska location during solar eclipses. For extra motivation, buy a month for a gym buddy—particularly if he or she is bashful about crowds, works odd hours, or is Edward Hopper.
- This gym is unlike any other gym I've been to! Love that it is open 24hrs...Prices are very good especially for the awesome equipment that they have. – Minmerie, Citysearch
- The gym is very clean, well-maintained, and of course has "anytime" access which is always nice. – Zach M. about Guadalupe St. location, Yelp
Creation of the 24-Hour Day
The 24-hour day was established in 1978 by President Carter’s Commission to Increase the Number of Viable Sports Metaphors and Determine Day Length. Prior to the Commission’s founding, the length of the day was left up to the states, with many western states favoring shorter days and longer years. North Dakota, the 1,000 Year State, had, by the time of the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, already celebrated its 700th anniversary, due to its 11-hour days and adherence to its state motto: Time Is Relative, a Man-Made Construct Attempting to Tame Infinity.
When deciding on the 24-hour day, the Commission spoke to a number of experts in fields such as art, music, bass fishing, disappointment, and, of course, the physical sciences. The scientists, who advocated the adoption of metric time, were ignored, but the suggestion of music experts, who advocated for a 24-hour day and provided cigarettes and lively ragtime music to the Commissioners, was adopted. The Sun, fearing expulsion from the UN, quickly hewed to the federally mandated day length, and the 24-hour day became the world standard.
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