Vasa. The Latin word for "vessel," it's one way of describing something that contains the mind's hope, the body's ambitions, and the spirit's goals. It's also the name of Vasa Fitness, an inclusive gym that acts as the vessel for (and catalyst of) its members' fitness aspirations. At 17 locations throughout Utah, the gym's more than 140,000 members draw strength and inspiration from cardio and free-weight studios, personal training, and group fitness classes. In addition to achieving personal goals, they also target their in-game performance, training on turf that mimics conditions found everywhere from the football field to the soccer pitch. It's not all hard work, though. The gyms also come with amenities ranging from cardio cinema centers to on-site childcare programs.
If visitors to The Lab Health and Fitness Studio need inspiration to get in shape, all they need to do is look at the staff. The chiseled experts boast myriad fitness accomplishments, among them an Ironman triathlete and a personal trainer to Olympic athletes. During both individual and group training sessions, the staff leads participants through workouts that burn calories, boost endurance, and tone limbs and torsos. They also offer a variety of yoga modalities, including aerial yoga, restorative yoga, and power yoga. Post-workout, clients can visit the onsite massage therapists to address aches, muscle tension, and stress.
Gold?s Gym lures fitness seekers from all walks of life with cardio decks, strength-training equipment, and aerobics rooms filled with energizing classes. Instead of reciting Shakespearean monologues as they jog and pedal, guests can watch movies in a cardio theater lined with treadmills, bikes, and an oversize projection screen. Free weights encourage biceps to bulge, and resistance machines tone arms, abs, and legs. Sports lovers dribble basketballs and volley racquetballs on shiny courts (available at most locations), raising their heart rates as they hone hand-eye coordination. Like the nightly news, Zumba classes take an hour and set Latin-inspired dance moves that vaporize calories to vibrant world music, along with a slew of available selections, including cardio and spin classes. Consult each location?s webpage for a class schedule and a list of additional amenities, which range from childcare to personal training (not included in today?s Groupon).
Attending CrossFit Lehi?s group Crossfit classes doesn?t mean you don?t get one-on-one attention. In fact, the goal of the certified coaches is to tailor each Workout of the Day to each participant, giving them a challenging workout based on their fitness level and abilities. The coaches offer personalized instruction for women as well as men, and their specialty classes help kids ages 5?14 improve their gross motor skills and focus. Classes are also offered for high school athlete strength and conditioning.
At Payson Total Fitness, owners Troy and Norma Barnum want to give gym-goers every advantage on the road to wellness. They've developed a serene, contemporary facility, accented with pops of bright blue, and they've stocked it with top-quality gear and machines. They've staffed their gym with talented instructors who expertly guide kickboxing, Zumba, Butts and Guts, yoga, and a host of other group fitness classes each week.
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 Precor 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 HydroMassage machines.