In a society where people are pulled in too many directions, fitness often takes a back seat. As a result, an increasing number of fitness companies are offering products and services that provide flexibility and plenty of options for consumers. If you have trouble managing your fitness, take advantage of the growing niche of companies that cater to your needs by offering customizable fitness experiences.
Since its inception, it has grown rapidly, now boasting more than 5,500 gyms worldwide and 35,000 accredited trainers. CrossFit’s Workout of the Day, featuring constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity, forms the foundation of the company’s daily fitness regimen and has quickly spawned a community of hardcore fitness enthusiasts who value the broad, accessible and all-inclusive fitness techniques that the name has come to symbolize. (See Ref. 1)
Founded in 2001, Zumba’s popularity has spread around the world, giving millions of participants the chance to learn new dance moves while getting in shape. In a study conducted by ACE Fitness, researchers found that participants burned an average of 369 calories per class and described it as “an effective interval-style, full-body workout.” (See Ref. 2) Zumba is represented in 185 countries at 140,000 locations, with classes led by licensed instructors offered in many studios and gyms. You can even workout in the comfort of your own home with a Zumba DVD or video game. (See Ref. 3)
Members have access to over 2,000 clubs worldwide that are open 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. (See Ref. 4) Forbes even recently named it one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.” (See Ref. 5) In addition to state-of-the-art cardio and resistance equipment, the company features private bathrooms and promises safe and clean facilities equipped with the latest security technology. Personal training, tanning and online fitness tools are also available for members. (See Ref. 4)
Founded in 2003, the company currently has over 1,400 clubs worldwide and was recently recognized by “Entrepreneur Magazine.” (See Ref. 6: About Snap Fitness) Highlights of Snap Fitness include 24-hour access, no contracts, personal training, and online nutritional tools. To make it even more appealing, you can try it out for 30 days at no cost. (See Ref. 6: Why Join Snap Fitness?)
Life Time Fitness
Life Time Fitness caters to those who want more than just a place to workout. With features that make it comparable to a resort, the fitness centers provide members with fitness training, nutrition counseling, group classes, and various amenities, such as basketball courts, lap pools, racquetball courts, sports lessons, cafes, sponsored athletic events, and full spas with massage therapists. (See Ref. 7)
General Nutrition Centers (GNC)
Best known for their wide selection of vitamins and other dietary and fitness supplements, GNC's goal is to help its customers lead healthier lives. Backed by the latest research in nutritional science, its products are labeled with full disclosure and are touted to use the safest and most effective ingredients. There are more than 8,000 locations around the world, with more than 6,000 in the United States alone. (See Ref. 8)
This innovative fitness company provides cyclists and runners in any geographical location an online community of like-minded competitors with whom to compete and share workout data. Using an approved GPS device, members can use the site to store their fitness data, track their fitness goals, compete against other members in challenges, and share workout ideas. The best part is that it's completely free, unless you opt to use Strava Premium, which gives you even more social fitness options for a small cost. (See Ref. 9)
- CrossFit.com: What is Crossfit?
- ACEFitness.org: Zumba Fitness: Sure It's Fun But Is It Effective?
- Zumba.com: Company Snapshot
- AnytimeFitness.com: Why Anytime Fitness?
- PR Newswire.com: Forbes Names Anytime Fitness One of "America's Most Promising Companies"
- SnapFitness.com: Snap Fitness 24-7
- LifeTimeFitness.com: LifeTime
- GNC.com: About Us
- Strava.com: About Us