Do you follow the "new year, new me" mentality? It's cliché at this point, and with it comes a problematic undertone: that we need to reinvent ourselves because our previous selves weren't good enough. We're pushing that to the side and instead of coming at the New Year from an angle of being the same person, only with a better outlook. Part of this outlook is taking hold of our health—mind, body, and soul.
For those of us planning to take hold of our wellness in 2019, one of the best ways to do that is by working out and. The irony isn't lost on us that we're nixing a "new us" standpoint yet promoting gyms at the same time, but the truth is that by not being physically active, you're doing your body a huge disservice. When you exercise, you're noticeably more awake and alert, your organs and muscles see a huge benefit, and, best of all, your confidence begins to skyrocket.
So to get you started, we compiled some of our favorite gyms across the country (many with a New Year's discount) to lead you to the path of You 2.0 this year.
Crunch's top priority is #NoJudgments. Its main pillars are positivity, inclusivity, and fun, making the space as enjoyable and motivating as possible. It offers group classes for the social butterfly in you as well as personal training in case you want a more fine-tuned workout. There's some amazing lifting equipment if you're interested in getting the Instagram booty you've been longing for, and rows of cardio machines to build up your stamina—not to mention the facilities themselves are clean and sleek. Crunch offers boxing, yoga, cycling, cardio dancing, and even something a little more risqué (girls' night pole-dancing classes are in your future for 2019).
Looking for a unique group-training class can seem impossible—how many times can you do sets of synced jumping jacks before you bore yourself to sleep? Orangetheory Fitness does something no other fitness classes do—it tracks your heart rate. Its custom-fit wrist monitor ensures that its trainees are working their bodies exactly how they should be to stimulate their metabolism and increase their energy throughout the workout. You can burn up to 1000 calories per session and will continue burning calories for 36 hours. We know—it almost sounds too good to be true. If your New Year's resolution is to lose some weight, Orangetheory is the gym to join. You can lose up to five pounds per week if you keep up with your workouts and eat a balanced diet.
Equinox is the cream of the crop when it comes to gym memberships. The gym describes its classes as experiences meant to immerse you completely in the workout. It offers experiences for cycling, running, strength training, and cardio-kickboxing, as well as independent and personal training. When you begin your training journey, the Equinox team provides you with a "fitness snapshot" that shows you where you stand in terms of fitness and where your potential lies. Each trainer is highly educated at the science-backed Equinox Fitness Training Institute. Our personal favorite part is what you can do after your workout to cool down—the spa. Getting into shape has never seemed more luxe.
Lifetime is designed to suit all of your fitness needs and goals. You can tone your abs in a barre class, be a part of the weight-loss training program, join a tennis team, and spend some time with your kids at the pool all in one day. It's the gym for the person who does it all. One of the most unique parts about Lifetime is its line of nutrient-rich products. Whey protein and multivitamins are two of the products in the line, plus it offers nutrition training with a specialist located at Lifetime facilities. There's a spa at this gym as well, so once you have an action-packed day, you can wind down with a massage. Yes, please. It's a gym centered around lifestyle rather fitness only, and we absolutely love that.
BTone's signature fitness class, TONE, is a 45-minute workout that hits every muscle of your body using the gym's custom reformers. Through low-impact, high-intensity moves, your body will get stronger, leaner, and more toned with each class. Taking inspiration from the holistic qualities of Pilates, these classes emphasize strength and cardio training. BTone also offers rowing classes, circuit training, and a four-week boot camp all set to tone your body perfectly. Numerous publications have given BTone a lot of praise, saying it's one of the best gyms if you're looking to tone and sculpt your body to look exactly how you've always wanted.
If the equipment at a traditional gym is too intimidating, signing up for workout classes is exactly what you need to do to reach your 2018 fitness goal. CKO Kickboxing is a cardio kickboxing class that literally kicks your butt into shape. You can burn up to 1200 calories per hourlong class because you never stop moving. The classes start with a cardio warm up and go into kickboxing circuits of punching and kicking a heavy punching bag. You'll de-stress the whole time while getting encouraging tips and help from the instructor and the rest of the class—it's one of the most fun fitness experiences. The staff provides anything you may need at the locations for purchase, so you won't have to worry about getting anything before the class.
Let's start off with one of the best parts about this gym—if you sign up as a new member, you'll be spending only $29.99 a month. That's almost unheard of for a gym that offers everything 24 Hour offers. Classes are designed around strength, intensity, burn, and bliss, and come in a lot of different styles so you can find one that's perfect for you—or try out different fitness methods to keep it interesting. You can also take part in the gym's personal-training program that can either be a one-on-one, partner, group, or express training sessions. One of the factors that make 24 Hour Fitness such a unique gym to belong to is the events it hosts and the lifestyle section of the website. You can read about everything from the science of yoga to music playlists that will boost your motivation.
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