Without gyms, people would resort to outdated fitness techniques such as swimming and pushing Model Ts up slight inclines. Celebrate contemporary fitness with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a three-month membership and one personal-training session at The Gym Downtown (up to a $105 value) in Norfolk.
Locally owned and operated, The Gym Downtown buttresses biceps and shapes solar plexuses in an exercise area that boasts a range of free weights, strength-training equipment, and cardio machines. For a focused regimen, members can hunt for the elusive FastFit decals, strategically placed on certain equipment, for an effective 20-minute workout and an immersive introduction to dumbbell mating calls. A personal trainer will help design a customized program and supplement it with helpful nutrition tips, such as "Don't dip Hot Pockets in chocolate." Members also receive discounts on more than 30 restaurants and businesses in Norfolk and Ghent.
The Gym Downtown
Racks of gleaming free weights stand near benches, weight machines, and heavy bags waiting to be punched. Located on the second floor, the gym's large windows let in plenty of natural light to illuminate exercisers during intense core classes or focused yoga sessions.
259 Granby St.
Norfolk, Virginia 23510