It’s about that time of year when New Year’s resolutions tend to fall by the wayside, and we may have fallen back into our old habits. But some new Charlotte fitness concepts might be exactly what you need to get motivated … again. From a 24-acre fitness facility with everything from a restaurant and a spa, to a gym that claims to use your DNA to find just the right workout, to classes taught by celebrity trainers, there’s a little something for everyone in the way of Charlotte fitness facilities.
11220 Golf Links Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277 • (704) 901-7100
It’s more like a resort than a gym. Life Time Athletic Charlotte opened its 320,000-square-foot facility in December in South Charlotte. Part country club, part resort, part gym, Life Time has everything you could possibly want — and plenty that you probably never thought of.
“Life Time is a way of life — from working out to recovery and relaxing,” says general manager Johnny Groff. “From our littlest members in our Kids Academy to most seasoned adults, we can’t wait to help people on their healthy way of life journeys.”
The expansive resort stretches out over 24 acres, offering more than 100 group fitness classes a week, personal and small group training, and nutrition coaching, along with tennis, basketball and swimming. There’s even a café and a full spa. Yes, this “gym” comes equipped with a spa. Life Time Athletic Charlotte is open seven days a week from 4 a.m. to midnight.
2318 Crescent Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207 • (980) 859-7868
Cheek swabs are all the rage these days after ancestry.com and other DNA testing sets were among the hottest gifts at Christmas. But what if knowing your DNA could help you figure out the best workout? The owner of newly opened Hype Fitness, Tracy Angiuoli, says creating programs specific to someone’s DNA will help them get optimal results. “I have been a fitness studio owner before, and I have been training clients for 18 years. It’s clear that genetics play a role. Everyone needs to be doing something different, and I think the DNA results will answer and change people’s approach to fitness and nutrition,” Tracy says. Hype Fitness, a 2,000-square-foot, high-end gym in Myers Park, is the first DNA-programming fitness facility in Charlotte, so be prepared to swab it out before you sweat it out.
310 East Blvd., Ste. C, Charlotte, NC 28203
Last year Fit Atelier hosted Taylor Swift’s trainer and Jennifer Aniston’s favorite workout. This year they kicked things off with Madonna’s trainer. The Celebrity Trainer Series launched in Charlotte last fall and is now in several cities across the Southeast. Owner Brit Turner explains Fit Atelier this way: “We are an experiential retail start-up dedicated to delivering the coolest fitness fashion and buzziest workouts across the Southeast. Each month, we produce an event that we’ve dubbed the Fit Atelier.” Their Dilworth location is home to their retail business and some signature workouts, and they host the Fit Atelier Celebrity Trainer Series at different studios around Charlotte. “We like to think of this as a workout incubator,” Brit says. Right now they’re partnered with a former Carolina Panthers cheerleader, whose Thursday night classes sell out in just two hours. Tickets are $30 for the Celebrity Trainer Series and are sold through the website fitatelier.com. Tickets for the in-stores series with Charlotte trainers are $20.
2935 Griffith St., Charlotte, NC 28203 • (704) 649-2368
Budokon Academy in South End combines martial arts, yoga, animal locomotion and calisthenics. Owned by a husband and wife team, Andres Pico and Irene King, the 5400-square-foot space offers memberships that allow you to mix and match classes and take an unlimited number. “We want to inspire people in our community to evolve into more intelligent, conscious and powerful movement athletes,” says Andres. The very first BDK Mixed Movement Arts Academy opened in Miami in July 2016, and the concept is slowly spreading across the country.
COMING SOON: OPEX
Mason and Michelle Murchison are the husband/wife duo getting ready to open OPEX Plaza Midwood this spring. Mason, a former college athlete who once weighed more than 300 pounds, says he fell in love with the concept because everyone has their own coach and their own plan. “I see a lot of people struggling, and I know what it feels like,” Mason says. “I want to give people an avenue to show there is a better way.”
OPEX focuses on people as individuals, tailoring a nutrition and fitness program to each person. Your own coach sends you workouts daily that you can come to the gym and complete whenever it works for you. There is always a coach on the floor to help you through the exercises. Michelle adds, “It is literally the opposite of one size fits all!” We’re excited to try it out!
Stay fit, Charlotte!
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