Exercising has come a long way from outrunning a lion until it reaches the point of exhaustion so its sleeping mass could be bench-pressed and shot putted. Build muscle using nonliving weights with today's Groupon: for $20, you get 20 one-day passes to Gold's Gym in Williamsville and Lancaster (a $300 value).
Gold's Gym features a wide array of next-generation fitness equipment, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities. Exercisers can take part in a solo shape-up on a TV-equipped cardio machine, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, or stick to lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. Both the Williamsville and Lancaster locations also host a full schedule of fitness classes to infuse workouts with the inspiring camaraderie that attends physically exhausting oneself alongside other likeminded participants. Silver Sneakers sessions gently improve baby boomers’ endurance and range of motion, and spin class intensely challenges legs as they pedal over hills and through sprints while answering a rapid-fire series of Daily Double Jeopardy! questions about cycling history. Instructors also helm such classic group fitness styles as Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and Body Pump, which arms participants with barbells to perform a lifting routine that targets all of the body’s major muscle groups.