World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.
Just Fitness 4 U Jacksonville has equipped its three locations with myriad machines, amenities, and classes. Its group fitness classes shake up fitness routines as instructors model Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves to the thudding base of global party hits and Hot Hula classes get hips swiveling to island rhythms.
The Baymeadows location's cardio equipment is equipped with cooling fans and personal screens that show high-definition cable TV. Guests also can refresh at the smoothie bar, pump up their muscles on Star Trac and FreeMotion strength-training equipment, and furiously peddle while admiring a vibrant graffiti-style mural by a local artist in the cycling room. Plush leather couches and a waterfall welcome members to the Mandarin location, whereas the Southside location summons guests to watch movies and chase after screen villains atop Cybex equipment.
All three locations entertain exercisers with either Cardio Theater equipment or a cardio cinema. The staff screens action-packed flicks such as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Man on Fire, and Avatar and promises not to weep openly during the emotional scenes.
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.
A former member of the Puerto Rican national boxing team and a certified personal trainer, Hector Morales lends his considerable experience to The Boxing Yard. There, he leads fun and exciting classes in an old-school boxing gym with the telling motto, "Bare bones, high-quality, results-oriented training." Sixty-minute cardio-boxing classes work with a heavy bag but don't involve actual sparring. Instead, students simulate three-minute rounds of boxing with one-minute intervals of shadowboxing, hitting the heavy bag, working the speed bag, and doing mitt work.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Owned by two doctors, Fit Life is dedicated to getting clients in shape and adding years to their lifespan. The certified fitness gurus—each accomplished athletes and bodybuilders in their own right—help achieve this goal by personalizing workout routines and nutrition plans for virtually every age and fitness level. Apart from personal training, visitors can work out freestyle with the studio’s panoply of weight machines and aerobic equipment or opt for community sweat sessions in Zumba, yoga, and fitness classes.