When you see something work in one place, you instantly start thinking, why couldn't this work someplace else, and if it does, could it make me rich enough to never have to work again? And buy a DeLorean? Bringing Dallas beastly workouts already kicking ass on the coasts, Tread Fitness.
Opening Monday as the very first biz in Cityville Oak Park, Tread's a slick, streamlined, knotted-pine and diamond-plate walled gym wholly dedicated to blood-pumping circuit training; the owners are an ex-SMU swimmer and a Corpus Christi-raised former Georgetown rower, who saw similar studios in NYC & LA during an i-banking career he left in '08 to become a trainer and bail out sub-prime physiques. Hour-long morning/evening co-ed classes of up to 28 are led by a wireless mic'd trainer and paced by an up-counting electronic clock; participants burn up to 800 cals through rotating 10- to 15-min sessions on state-of-the-art Landice L9 treadmills and squat platforms used while hoisting dumbbells and pulling stretch-resistance cords, both to assist stationary posture, and for aerobic stepping -- an activity for which an Everlast shock-absorbing floor has been installed to cushion joints and, in your case, falls classmates will be talking about for weeks. Beyond general make-yourself-less-fat classes, there are goal-specific sessions like "Arms & Abs", "Just Pecs", "Tread (Light)" (for the weak), and "Glutes to Calves", designed to improve "everything below the belt", except of course the appendage your new ripped body will hopefully enable you to use/see more of.
Classes are purchased in blocks good for two years that members can attend at any time, and all fitness levels are welcome at any session -- though if you're too embarrassingly far behind the rest of the crowd, you'll start thinking "maybe I should work out someplace else, and if that goes bad, maybe I should just never work out again? I mean, who cares, I've got a DeLorean."