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Class Act: Cardio Theater

One way I beat boredom while doing cardio inside is to watch movies. I'll start one and watch about 30 minutes or more, and then the next time I work out, I'm excited to continue where I left off in the flick. I'm lucky to have a machine at home I can walk or run on, but if you don't, check out Cardio Theater. Fitworks health clubs offer a huge room with cardio machines in front of a 15-foot theater screen, so you feel like you're at the local cinema, not at the gym. You can watch movies, TV shows, or sports games, and it makes the time go by so fast. Cardio Theater is included in the price of the membership at their Cincinnati, Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Ohio, and Northern Kentucky area clubs. If you don't live in these areas, I'm sure it'll be just a matter of time before other fitness clubs catch on. Tell me, would you want a Cardio Theater at your gym?

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InShapeMommy InShapeMommy 7 years
This is awesome! How fast are they expanding?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
All the cardio machines at my gym have mini TVs on them so you can plug your headphones in and watch whatever you want. It really does make the time go by quickly.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 7 years
My old gym had a tv on every cardio machine, and I always wished they played DVDs. I also hate the commercials.
vtsang vtsang 7 years
I love it! I work out at Crunch in San Francisco. The location I go to is a previous movie theatre. So they make use of that and have a big screen and play movies. So even if I have my tunes, I love watching (and reading subtitles) movies to make working out more fun. I think more gyms should do this. And to embrace what previous business the gym is opened at.
SLH04 SLH04 7 years
Great Idea!
kclulu kclulu 7 years
I would love that! I also enjoy running outside but due to weather and time constraints that isnt always possible so doing a treadmill workout will watching something on the big screen would be fantastic.
FireFly44 FireFly44 7 years
My gym has personal tv's on all cardio equipment and also a cardio theater. Other locations of my gym even have dvd players on the tv's....mine doesnt though. I enjoy watching my tv shows on the cardio equipment but I hate the cardio theater. The only pro is that it's dark and no one sees me all sweaty and red-faced. Other than the dark, it's really loud with all the machines in an enclosed area and it can be hard to hear the movie. If they made it so you could put headphones on to hear it like they do on the regular machines that would be awesome....maybe in the future.
theglossarie theglossarie 7 years
absofreakinlutely! when are they bringing one to dc?!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I'm getting caught up on mad men during my workouts... i get so engrossed in the show that i don't even realize that my 45 minutes has gone by!
michlny michlny 7 years
Very innovative! Whatever gets people moving....
runningesq runningesq 7 years
That's pretty cool ! I DVR shoes during the week and watch them on our flat screen while I'm on my bike trainer :)
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I love this idea. I hate commercials when watching regular TV, and that's all they have at my gym.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I do this - I often put on Seinfeld episodes or That 70's show and use the elliptical while watching.
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