Infrared energy is invisible and warm, like a hug from an imaginary friend or the emperor's new pea coat. Today's Groupon is a sight for sore muscles: for $28, you get eight far-infrared massage sessions at Workout Anytime (a $56 value).
The far-infrared massage-therapy bed at Workout Anytime soothes tired muscles, reduces stress, increases circulation, and burns calories. Heat seekers settle into a Migun bed designed to burn 600–2,400 calories for every 30 minutes of use, equivalent to the amount a TV anchor burns when the teleprompter starts taunting him. Jade rollers press far-infrared heat deep into muscles and stored body fat as they move down tracks on either side of the spine, massaging the legs and back. Each 15-minute sessions can help users burn calories, relieve chronic pain, and increase their flexibility.
With locales dappled throughout the Southeast and Midwest, the brains behind Workout Anytime funnel more than three decades of fitness-industry expertise into filling their gyms with positive vibes and state-of-the-art equipment. The fitness gurus spread Magnum-brand strength-training machines and cutting-edge treadmills—whose frames can support up to 500 pounds—throughout their hygienic antimicrobial floors. They also provide certified personal trainers, nutritional guidance, and weight-loss plans.
Workout Anytime's doors are open to members 24 hours a day every day of the year, permitting access to public exercise zones and areas that offer tanning and massage sessions. Each gym also strives to cultivate a familial atmosphere with staffers who memorize each guest's name and carve each one's Thanksgiving turkey.