Exercising has come a long way from outrunning a lion until it reaches the point of exhaustion so its sleeping carcass could be bench- pressed and shot-putted. Build muscle using nonliving weights with today's Groupon: for $79, you get three personal-training sessions and a three-month membership at Gold's Gym on West 54th Street (a $540 value).
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, and clean facilities that span three levels and 40,000 square feet. Fortify workouts with Gold's Gym's certified personal trainers, who work with clients to design a personalized fitness regimen rather than relying on the same routine of crunches, jumping jacks, and medicine ball juggling used by 99% of the world’s exercisers. To ensure the most rippling results, all three personal-training sessions take place within the first two weeks of the three-month membership. Then neophyte iron-workers can follow up with regular visits to the gym, where they can hop on one of more than 120 cardio machines, pump up on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal to decrease the likelihood of being pinned under a commercial chest freezer.
Gold's Gym's spacious studios house more than 60 group fitness classes, as well as mirrored walls that allow students to make funny faces at their newly chiseled reflections. Groupon purchasers who choose to join the gym within 30 days of the end of their three-month trial will not be charged an enrollment fee.