When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
It doesn't take complicated machines, elaborate schedules, or cybernetic implants to get in shape. All it takes is determination, a plan, and a support system. Oh, and some kettlebells. That's the philosophy behind CrossFit, a no frills workout plan built on clients' drive to improve. After working their way up to the full regimen with the On Ramp program, members of CrossFit Racine begin a high-intensity syllabus of squats and deadlifts, seasoned with a dose of burpees and sandbag intimidating.
title: Wheel & Sprocket
Chris Kegel started at Wheel & Sprocket in 1973, two weeks after the bike shop opened. Back then, he was a bike mechanic, but over the past four decades, as the bike shop grew to multiple locations, Chris worked his way up. Today, he's Wheel & Sprocket's CEO, and keeps the company true to its founding goal: making bike rides more fun.
Wheel & Sprocket does that not only by selling bikes in more than 18 categories, but also by taking care of them. Its mechanics can repair any bike they sell, and they also offer comfort-enhancing bike fittings. Every week, they also highlight cycling's social aspect by hosting group bike rides, which unlike the name implies, doesn't involve everyone piling onto one bicycle.
SPIRE Fitness's trainers have brought three distinct exercise disciplines together in one space to provide a comprehensive workout. Some coaches specialize in indoor cycling, a high-intensity low-impact workout, dimming the lights and turning up the soundtrack for the 45-minute duration of the ride. Others lead equally long classes on rowing machines—which use actual water to create dynamic resistance—so that exercisers can put their full body to work, combining strength and technique, while feeling accomplished listening motivational music and the water churn beneath them. Yoga teachers, however, make sparing use of equipment, instead directing participants to blend strength, fluid movements, and breath to hold asanas with a focus on healthy alignment, body mechanics, and muscular endurance.
With fresh towels and drinks for purchase on hand, the staff at Pure Group is ready to support exercisers as they attend one of their many classes. Classes are tailored to meet a broad range of clients' needs. That's why on any given day, the curriculum may include Zumba dance-fitness for those who want to have fun while they burn calories, Insanity cardio conditioning for clients seeking an intense workout, or stationary cycling for people who want the thrill of zipping around on a bike without having to actually learn how to ride a bike.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.