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.
Of all the attractions inside The Wairhouse Trampoline Park's more than 30,000 square-foot facility, guests gravitate toward the trampoline courts. The main jumper court lets patrons who are 8 and older ricochet off the walls as well as the floor, and the junior-jump area lets kids 7 and younger get in on the fun. Elsewhere, back-to-back dodge-ball courts provide thrills for guests and spectators and four basketball-trampoline lanes encourage NBA-worthy dunks. Youngsters can also play video games in the facility's arcade, aptly named the Aircade, and adults can relax in the lounge area or cafe. Five private party rooms are available to rent for kids' birthday events.
Praised as the best gym with the best fitness classes by local authorities such as KSL Radio and City Weekly, Salt Lake City CrossFit East makes a point of welcoming returning champions and regulars-to-be as members of the family. Trainers subscribe to the belief that the fitness needs of even first-time gymgoers and professional athletes differ only by degree, so their classes develop the same kind of power, cardiovascular strength, flexibility, and stamina that are prized by anyone on a fitness regimen.
Founder Joni Chapa and her instructors at Baile Dance Fitness Studio fuse exercise and dance with a creative lineup of classes. Some classes blend hip-hop and cardio, and others mix ballet with Pilates. Latin-inspired cardio dance classes get hearts racing to a soundtrack of cumbia, salsa, and reggaeton tunes.
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).
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.