To overcome fears that people will point and laugh at them, many first-time gym-goers disguise themselves in white facial makeup and garishly colored baggy clothing. Skip first-time jitters with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 10-class punch card (a $99 value) at Town Center Fitness, located inside in the Armada Hoffler tower in Virginia Beach.
Town Center Fitness's staff keeps the morale of its sweat donors high with ample amenities and a monthly calendar of classes. The No Sweat class tones and stretches bodies with a brisk 30-minute workout that allows lunch breakers to return to the office smelling only of gasoline rather than sweat and gasoline. Zumba, a Latin–inspired dance-fitness class, shimmies away excess body baggage with high-energy music. Or pair a spin class with Pilates to attain Lance Armstrong's legs and a circus performer's cannonball-proof core.
Town Center's free fitness orientation ensures that new exercisers don't mistake a treadmill for a weight bench or a squat thrust as dignified, and the facilitty's cardio room keeps the brain entertained with plenty of theater-quality audiovisual stimulus. Afterward, wipe away the physical remnants of your exercise or cardio pie fight with the locker room's free towel service.
Town Center Fitness
Under the managerial eye of owner and professional marathon runner Tom Purcell, Town Center Fitness’s crew of certified personal trainers welcomes guests into an encouraging environment. On any given day, the gym’s workout spaces buzz with bodies spinning, running, and lindy-hopping atop meticulously maintained Precor cardio equipment or sculpting showroom-floor muscles as they curl Hampton free weights. Within the spacious, wood-floored studio, the energetic instructors guide students through classes from across the aerobic spectrum, from gentle yoga to high-intensity cardio sculpt. The gym’s complimentary towel service and onsite locker facilities ensure comfortable cooldown sessions, and the staff acquaints new members with the equipment during orientations.