Dave Gerry started the Princeton Club with three simple tenets in mind: great trainers, exceptional equipment, and easy access. To realize that dream, he assembled a team of American College of Sports Medicine–certified personal trainers to helm the cardio and strength-training centers 24 hours a day.
Whether working out solo, in a group class, or with a trainer to remind them that bench-pressing beehives is safer with a spotter, guests can drop their young ones off at the free childcare center. Splashes fill the natatorium as swimmers paddle across the six-lane lap pool, as the resistance-current pool's adjustable waves enable guests to walk in place. A dip in the whirlpool soothes stress, and the steam room's eucalyptus aromatherapy and sauna's rejuvenating heat send bodies back into the world refreshed. Above the club, tennis and soccer players soak in vistas of Madison as they duke it out on the rooftop garden's turf. The competition continues indoors on basketball, racquetball, and volleyball courts.
At Prairie Athletic Club, fitness is not dependent on the weather. No matter their sport, players can find a space to enjoy it while avoiding wind, rain, and snow. The club boasts an indoor soccer field, track-and-field space, racquetball courts, and basketball courts. Swimmers can dip into the family pool, the six-lane lap pool with deep water, or the 90-degree warm-water pool. And after a cardio workout, exercisers can build up muscle strength in the weight room or dip into the adult and family whirlpools and infrared saunas to relax tense muscles.
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.
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.
Chris Kegel started at Wheel & Sprocket in 1973, two weeks after the bike shop opened. Back then, he was a bike mechanic, but over the past four decades, as the bike shop grew to multiple locations, Chris worked his way up. Today, he's Wheel & Sprocket's CEO, and keeps the company true to its founding goal: making bike rides more fun.
Wheel & Sprocket does that not only by selling bikes in more than 18 categories, but also by taking care of them. Its mechanics can repair any bike they sell, and they also offer comfort-enhancing bike fittings. Every week, they also highlight cycling's social aspect by hosting group bike rides, which unlike the name implies, doesn't involve everyone piling onto one bicycle.
Stateline Family YMCA promotes youth and family health with community fitness and education programs, cardio and strength equipment, and a positive, encouraging atmosphere. Membership bequeaths a host of benefits, including access to both locations during their posted facility hours, as well as free use of drop-in childcare for toddlers who otherwise use resident weightlifters as human jungle gyms. Both the Beloit and Roscoe locations furnish an indoor running-and-walking track, cardio and strength-training rooms, and a gymnasium. In addition to a second gym, the Beloit YMCA encourages members to diversify their workout routines with three racquetball courts, a free-weight room, and a six-lane indoor pool certified to be free of sea monsters. Physique-sculptors can waltz free into any general adult land- or water-fitness classes, such as Cardio Kick or Aqua Zumba, and enjoy reduced entry fees into other specialty classes such as Yoga.