Since the rise of the Internet, people have struggled to tear their now-useless phone books in half. Bulk up to succeed where others have failed with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a 30-day membership (a $75 value) and a Body Age fitness assessment (a $50 value) at Fitness First Health Clubs, with 16 locations in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC areas (a $125 total value).
Your Fitness First experience will begin appropriately enough with fitness first. Under the guidance of a personal trainer, you’ll undergo a professional body age assessment to pinpoint your current fitness level. During this workout, you’ll perform exercises to test your balance, coordination, core stability, flexibility, muscular imbalances, strength, and endurance. Your trainer will give you his analysis, advice for improvement, and a regimen to meet your newfound fitness goals. With this newfound self-awareness, you can hit the barbells, elliptical, and water cooler with confidence and focus.
As you fall into your healthy new habit, keep your muscles guessing with Fitness First’s wide array of group exercise classes, including aerobics, Zumba, boot camp, kick boxing, Pilates, yoga, and spinning. Check out Fitness First’s schedules for individual class times by location. Working out as part of a group can motivate you to push yourself harder and allows you to bond with fellow crunchers, rollers, and sweaters. Your expert fitness instructors will invigorate your routine and keep your workout moving at a steady pace, so you don’t have a chance to slouch, slack, or slobber. Reward yourself after your workout by taking full advantage of Fitness First’s locker room amenities, including saunas and steam rooms.
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CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.