Before gyms, exercising meant outrunning a lion until it reached the point of exhaustion, then using its sleeping body for bench-pressing and shot putting. Build muscle using nonliving weights with today's Groupon to Gold’s Gym or the Parisi Speed School. Choose between the following options:
• For $29, you get a six-week membership to Gold's Gym (a $100 value), good at the Fairview, Parkcenter, and Meridian locations.
• For $49, you get four speed classes plus an evaluation at the Parisi Speed School in Meridian (a $175 value).
Gold's Gym manufactures muscular bodies with an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a TV and iPod-dock-equipped cardio machine, pump iron in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, loosen up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with bench-pressing commercial chest freezers. Among them, the three locations boast more than 100 weekly group classes, such as Zumba, Aqua Workout, yoga, Body Step, and pillow fighting. Check the individual websites for the Fairview, Parkcenter, and Meridian locations' schedules.
Emphasizing speed, agility, and strength, the Parisi Speed School trains athletes using techniques that have molded both professional athletes and part-time players. A mandatory evaluation charts the client’s current ability level and teaches essential warm-ups before deciding on the best program to boost health. During the course of four classes, speed coaches work with sweaters to improve their conditioning and maximize their first-step quickness. Participants work to perfect their running technique, moving beyond primal motivations such as, “Help! I’m being chased by a carnivore!”
The expansive interiors of Axiom's three fitness centers are packed in endless rows of weight and cardio machines, group workout studios, pools, and basketball and racquet courts to help its diverse client base whip into shape. The knowledgeable trainers lead patrons in pumping their bodies on the fitness floor, and instructors helm more than 100 Zumba, yoga, water aerobics, and Les Mills classes each week. In their performance center, the trainers customize one-on-one or small-group programs, such as Ax-Fit, which helps firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and those in the military increase their power and endurance, and Sport Performance, which helps athletes train for their competitive physical pastime of choice. Kids aged 7 and older can hone their coordination and improve their athletic performance and growing up too fast in Kids Performance sessions that run hourly from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., and older adults can stay in shape in the Silver Sneakers program. After sweat sessions, patrons can recharge at the Fuel Center juice bar, which serves up crushed-fruit smoothies, and nutrient-infused coffee and chocolate shakes.