Silver shines throughout the weight room at Oz Fitness Airway Heights, which is filled with more Cybex weight-training machines and free weights than Popeye’s spinach-less nightmares. Cardio enthusiasts amp up heart rates on one of 25 pieces of equipment and can accentuate their fat blasting with a sleek tan from either a standup or lie-down machine. With the gym offering close-knit small community approach to their customers, memberships include unlimited group fitness classes, such as Zumba, cycling, and yoga, and those who prefer one-on-one coaching can tap into the expertise of a personal trainer. Post workout, exercisers can head to their respective locker rooms for a hot shower or stint in the dry sauna.
Racecourses are typically reserved for professional drivers, but since 1992, civilians have been roaring around ProAutoSports' racetracks in their personal, street-legal vehicles. The organization—which has more than 2,000 members in four states—teaches high performance driving skills to drivers of all levels, with a special emphasis on techniques for street-legal cars and exotic models.
Oceanic blue and turquoise walls and vintage surfboards evoke a beachy feel inside Montego Bay Tanning Co. The airy salon houses private rooms with Wolff, SunStar, StarPower, and Ultra Bronze beds that work to tan clients without the fuss of spending all day outside under the sweltering sun. Montego Bay also houses a standup booth and even a leg tanner. For folks that prefer a UV-free glow, spray tans offer a natural look without any streaks or crop circles left on the body.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global muscle and mindscape one individual at a time with a series of relaxing yoga classes. During each one-hour session, students stretch through centuries-old techniques, aligning internal energy discombobulated by sneaky stressors. A trained tutor supervises poses to ensure muscles are properly flexed and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The close attention allows the expert to fine-tune movements, point out trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Alison Rubin first discovered yoga when she moved across the world, leaving England behind for sunny Southern California in 1972. She fell, or steadily posed, head over heels for the ancient exercise form, eventually earning her teaching certification in 1984 when she moved to Spokane. Now, with 40 years and myriad certifications under her belt, she leads a dedicated troupe of instructors who teach Hatha-style classes within a cozy studio, winning Best Yoga Studio by The Pacific Northwest Inlander in 2009 and 2010.
They lead a lineup of classes that accommodate a spectrum of skill levels, ranging from newcomers to Twister world champions.