Although feeling the burn during a workout is generally a good sign, feeling the burn while sitting on the sofa means your sofa is in the fireplace. Engage in controlled, constructive body burning with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a one-month membership and unlimited access to fitness classes at The Power Plant Fitness Center(a $120 value).
The Power Plant Fitness Center employs an earth-friendly approach to health-friendly exercise, working to reduce both waistlines and their carbon footprints by planning to power their fitness-focused facility with solar and wind energy, LED lighting, and more. The 42,000-square-foot, muscle-building behemoth—open to members 24 hours a day and seven days a week—bestows upon patrons myriad activity-inducing amenities, including a full-size basketball court, an indoor lap-pool, cardio equipment, and dumbbells. The Power Plant is also stocked with pacifying pleasantries, such as a sauna, a steam room, and a hot tub, where sore limbs and cloven hooves can rest and relax. Group fitness classes range from more traditional yoga and spin sessions to demographically specific gatherings, including Strollercise and Sixty and Sexy. Following workouts, have hatchbacks glossed to a muscle-reflecting glean at The Power Plant's car wash, or scrub duds upon newly-formed washboard abs at the facility's dry-cleaning service.
Be Bad Hip Hop
It's Wednesday and a group of newcomers shuffles into an empty fitness studio. Some anxiously fidget with their fingers as they see the professional floor where they'll be dancing, and others take deep breaths and stretch out their limbs like they've done countless times at the gym. This motley mix of strangers is what Gwenda Hansen envisioned when she founded Be Bad Hip Hop.
Hansen, who struggled with weight as a young adult and started choreographing when she was 13 years old, shares her Be Bad Hip Hop dance-fitness routines in a supportive, accepting, and empowering environment. As the infectious melodies of Top 40 music escape the sound system's quarantine and fill the communal space, newcomers relax into the easy-to-follow moves, and regulars of all ages lose themselves in the hourlong sequence of club-style, hip-hop shimmies and shakes led by Hansen or one of her skilled instructors.