Finding Your Fit

Choosing Your Gym Membership

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, or IHRSA, a fitness industry trade group, 55.3 million Americans have a gym membership. With 67 percent of gym memberships going unused, according to USA Today, it’s important to find a gym that fits your budget, schedule, and overall lifestyle. With the rise of boutique gyms, it’s even easier to find your workout niche.

By Hadley Inabinet


What is it? 
A total body workout using small isometric movements to lift your seat, burn fat, and tone your thighs, abs and arms. Using a ballet barre, Pure Barre is a low-impact exercise class led by an instructor.

What to expect?
The class begins with a choreographed warm-up, followed by sections devoted to arms, thighs,
legs, and abs. With motivating music and an energetic instructor, the client is encouraged to make a mind-body connection to take the workout to the next level.

How long? 55 minutes


What is it?
The philosophy of Burn Boot Camp incorporates a client’s mindset, whole food nutrition, burst training, strength training and community. More than just a high-intensity interval workout, Burn Boot Camp focuses on the person as a whole to implement change in a fun, energetic and motivating atmosphere.

What to expect?
Although different each day, class starts with a warm-up and then moves to a circuit-type workout, focusing on different muscle groups each day. The class ends with a “finisher” that pushes the client one last time before the workout ends.

How long? 45 minutes


What is it?
A heart-rate monitored high-intensity workout designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that spikes metabolism and increases energy during and after the class.

What to expect?
Heart-rate-based interval training using the treadmill, indoor rowing, and weights. The class is divided into two sections: the treadmill and the rowing machine/free weights. Half of class is spent on the treadmill, and the other half is spent rotating between weights and the rower. Depending on whether it’s an endurance or interval class, the client tries to maintain a certain heart rate to achieve maximum results.

How long? 55 minutes


What is it? 
Soul Cycle is not your typical spin class. Encouraging riders to leave all stress behind, the class uses motivating, loud music, inspirational instructors, and the perfect space to allow riders to push themselves beyond their own boundaries in a community-like atmosphere.

What to expect?
A full-body workout that incorporates fat-burning cardio, hand weights, core work, and challenging choreography. Clients typically go through a series of songs focusing on climbs, sprints, and downhills. Arm work is added in, followed by additional cardio songs, and then class finishes with a cool-down.

How long? 45 minutes

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