Though they're all in enviable shape, you shouldn't feel intimidated by the highly accomplished certified trainers at Performant Fitness & Core Group Fitness. The team?which includes pro fitness competitors, marathon runners, and Tae Kwon Do black belts amongst its ranks? works hard to foster an encouraging atmosphere in the gym, motivating patrons of all ages and fitness levels to work together to tackle the workout of the day.
But that doesn't mean the sessions are easy. Each day, the trainers lead a routine that combines interval, strength, cardio, and flexibility training into one high-intensity, functional workout. And no two workouts are the same. One day, it might incorporate kettlebell drills and TRX band exercises, while the next might challenge patrons to toss medicine balls or heave bags of sand. Meanwhile, those who prefer to exercise at their own pace can gain 24-hour access to top-of-the-line fitness equipment, including cardio machines equipped with personal TVs that always remember your name.
At Health Clubs of America, an athlete who hates to part with her favorite elliptical no longer has to—the clubs are open 24/7. Stocked with free weights, treadmills, and stationary bikes, the facilities complement their high-quality equipment with an array of training options. Custom one-on-one training helps clients achieve personal fitness goals, whereas 30-day boot-camp programs whip groups into shape, all while fostering a sense of community.
Students should bring: Towels
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get ready to have fun and sweat.
As part of its mission to help men, women, and children develop healthy minds, bodies, and spirits, the YMCA of Arlington provides a wide array of fitness and well-being programs as well as family-oriented activities. The organization also serves as the city’s largest provider of childcare. During its 52 years in Arlington, the Y has expanded to include three branches, and in 2011 alone, it provided more than $80,000 in scholarships to help children attend its summer day camp.
Most workouts simply help people build muscle tone or bolster endurance. These aren't the only goals at 81mm CrossFit. Instead, the coaches and trainers inspire people to push themselves to new heights through sheer force of will and self-determination while receiving the support of a like-minded community of students. CrossFit classes combine functional movements to create high-intensity workouts, which challenge attendees with regimens that can include running, jumping, dead-lifting weights, throwing medicine balls, swinging kettlebells, and more. Although students have the ability to scale the load and intensity of their own workouts at open-level classes, the coaches also lead introductory sessions that help beginners master the fundamental exercises and techniques in a safe, supportive environment.
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.