My fitness routine is a top priority in my life. Where I choose to get healthy and fit is a significant component of staying consistent. From a range of equipment to challenging workouts to keep me engaged, these locations top my list for a great fitness experience.
Powerhouse Gym Athletic Club
As a bodybuilding competitor, powerhouse gym is a known mecca for aesthetic athletes. With several locations nationally, Powerhouse is a great option if you are are looking for a gym. When I first moved to Tampa, no question about which gym I was joining. I have been a member for over five years now, and I do not see myself going anywhere. Why do I like it so much?
- The atmosphere- With a motivating environment of athletes and competitors pushing their hardest to achieve their goals, there is no choice but to become your best.
- The equipment is like a fitness playground. From the booty builder to your traditional treadmill, there are no limits.
- Although it is a motivating atmosphere, it is not intimidating. Everyone wants you to be healthy, and if your inexperienced, they offer programs to assist you.
Located in the Riverview area, Power Cycle and Fitness offers an upbeat cycling experience. I like this small business because it is minority-owned and challenging. I live far but a friend introduced me and I fell in love. It is a close distance to downtown Tampa, and worth the drive. Cycling was a class I avoided because it left my butt sore and was mundane. Listening to enticing hip hop music while dancing on a bike, you barely realize how hard your working (no painful butt over here!). Besides the fun, it is an affordable addition to your daily workout routine. The classes range from 30-minute boot camps to 90-minute rides. I have been to the 90-minute rides on Saturday mornings, and they fill up quickly. Please do not shy away from them; it is a party!
Soul Cycle is a national chain that has made it’s way to the Hyde Park area of Tampa. Another class that has you up on the bike dancing to the beat of the music. I added this to my weekly routine and quickly saw changes in my physique. No membership offered, but you can buy the class packs. Classes add up but are a worthwhile investment. With that being said, I find it genuinely motivating. The music isn’t all hip hop, however. Regular classes are 45 minutes, and 60-minute classes called survivor. I love taking from Candy Jones and Elle Morris at the Tampa location. I haven’t tried other sites yet!
I have an extensive dance background, so barre classes sparked my interest. Bar Method is a ballet barre class that sculpts your lower half beautifully. I took another barre class before and thought it was sporadic, risking an injury. This one is different. Developed with a physical therapist, and instructors emphasizing proper form, you do not have to worry about injuries. Full transparency, I thought this class would be another stretching class that wasn’t hard. You wear your socks and hold up to 5-pound weights. I enrolled in it pre-wedding because I was wearing a low cut dress. I wasn’t convinced, but they offered me a great deal to start. After my first class, I ended up dripping in sweat! Why is it so challenging? You are using muscle tension against your body weight to get deep in your muscles. I leave sore often! Not only is the Bar Method located in Tampa, but they have several locations throughout the United States. There is even a Bar Method in my hometown of Wexford, Pa (a suburb outside of Pittsburgh). I also convinced my mother to join. You do not have to be a dancer or even highly athletic. I recommend the Bar Method to anyone looking to transform their physique.
These fitness businesses are what I incorporate in my weekly workout routine to motivate me. Finding what inspires you to move keeps you committed, leading to a habit of working out. What are your favorite things to do for fitness? Check out my fit foodie finds for tools I use in my workouts!