In the ancient world, fitness classes were less about getting in shape and more about becoming spry enough to thumb-wrestle the immortality out of a demigod. Flex your thumb muscles with today's youth-granting Groupon: for $19, you get a 10-day all-access pass and two personal-training sessions at O2 Fitness (a $154 value). This Groupon is valid for any of their 10 locations.
O2 Fitness burns off lingering calories by subjecting them to the intense heat of more than 50 group classes. During the empowering BodyCombat cardio class, students punch fat in its chubby face thanks to a high-intensity mixture of martial-arts techniques bumping to beat-filled tunes. A bevy of water-related exercises shape swimmers in the Aqua classes, where foam noodles, kick boards, and single-elimination squirt-gun battles flex muscles that are rarely used. In contrast, the ragingly soothing Vinyasa flow yoga classes meld a series of forms together with steady breathing, affording yogis maximum limberness and relaxation. Through a combination of cardio and weight training, students tone their bodies in Step and Sculpt, then craft themselves a 12-pack using an O2-certified chisel in the Ab Sculpt class. During your pair of personal-training sessions, professional trainers fill the minds of weight lifters and treadmill marathoners with personalized feedback, input on form, diet, and motivation, and insights into their workout regime.
O2’s interior is crammed with more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, some of which carry a personal entertainment system. Racks full of free weights and lines of strength machines stand ready to test muscles, while an outdoor training area begs for feet to sprint intervals across its turf or spend a few minutes practicing touchdown tap-dances. Childcare is included throughout the 10-day trial; in addition, the usual membership enrollment fee will be waived should customers sign up before the Groupon expires. Class times and availability vary by location, so check each gym’s schedule to plan your journey to physical fitness.