Working out with professional gym equipment is preferable to improvised workouts, such as coffee-table parkour and trying to lift one of everything at Costco. Bulk up with this Groupon.
- $29 for a three-month membership with unlimited classes and childcare (a $150 value)
Gym members receive unlimited access to amenities such as three basketball courts, a cycling studio, a second-story rubberized indoor track, workout equipment from Life Fitness and Hammer Strength, and a full-service locker room with saunas, showers, and towel service. In addition, a women-only exercise area accommodates ladies with equipment for cardio and weight training. A broad curriculum of group classes includes Zumba, spinning, yoga, boot camp, and kickboxing. Additionally, youngsters stay active with engaging programs for up to two hours in free childcare, which has limited space and a set schedule with varying hours. The gym is open 24 hours a day on weekdays, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Though its stationary cycles, strength-training machines, and free weights craft the image of a well-stocked gym, Imagine Center also aims to empower the community. Its three basketball courts have diverted at-risk teens during midnight mentorship programs, which blend gameplay with motivational life coaching. In the childcare center, staff members combat inactivity with kids' Tae Bo routines instead of rounds of Xbox keep-away. Group fitness classes strengthen camaraderie between students who pummel kickboxing targets and heft BodyPump barbells. Elsewhere, personal trainers oversee their clients' reps, and café patrons recharge after workouts. Permeating these scenes is a sense of shared strength—a feeling buoyed by the fact that the center's profits benefit community initiatives, such as inner-city outreach and crime prevention. By hosting blood drives and other special events to supplement its exercise amenities, the gym inspires its guests to work toward health on an individual and collective level.