Unlike exclusive supper clubs, gyms welcome new members without a hint of snobbery and don’t frown upon the use of fine china as free weights. Squat-thrust among friends with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 30-day unlimited membership, five boot-camp classes, and five medium Starbucks coffees at Malibu Fitness in Farmington (a $194 value).
Owners Paul Carson and Jack Banks can often be found personally answering questions and serving guests at the club they built as Connecticut’s first California-style fitness center. With unlimited access to the facility for 30 days (a $59 value), active guests can seek out state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training equipment, or give muscles a break by passing time in the on-site sauna, café, or shake bar. The presence of amenities is paralleled by the absence of grime, as the professional staff disinfects every inch of the facility and air handlers screen oxygen molecules for residual grunts and pessimism. For maximum results, Grouponers can push their physiques to the limit with like-minded overachievers by powering through fast-paced drills and total-body workouts in the five included group boot-camp classes (a $125 value). Click here to view the class schedule. Every corner of the 27,000-square-foot facility has been thoughtfully appointed and cared for, from the leather seating, fireplace, and freshly brewed Starbucks coffee in the café (a $10 value for five medium coffees) to the immaculate locker rooms, free WiFi, and available dial-up typewriters. Though not included in today's Groupon, hungry exercisers can order up body bribes in the form of high-protein shakes with pure fruit and natural ingredients alongside homemade granola.
Paul Carson and Jack Banks started teaching fitness classes 30 years ago in a small abandoned dairy. Since those humble beginnings, they built Malibu Fitness—a modern gym where they help people build rippling muscles. Their trained group fitness instructors lead classes in yoga and Pilates, as well as more high-energy Zumba classes that set Latin dance moves to international tunes. Meanwhile, you’ll hop on a stationary bike for the spinning classes, which rely on intense climbs and sprints to elevate heart rates and burn calories. There’s also the option of one-on-one workouts with personal trainers, who can tailor workouts that shed girth, strengthen muscles, and improve athletic performance.
There are a number of nice bonus amenities at Malibu Fitness—it has flat-screen TVs, locker rooms, and a SunDome stand-up tanning booth. And if you’re hungry after a workout, there’s a shake bar that doles out Island Oasis protein shakes. Also each year around Thanksgiving, the owners sponsor a road race that donates thousands of dollars to charities to offset America's turkey footprint.
15 Executive Dr.
Farmington, Connecticut 06032