If having your shoes shined or checking your e-mail one last time after work at the gym sounds like a winning work-to-play transition, then sign yourself up for membership to this club. The crowd consists of young professional meets slightly seasoned executive. For those who'd rather tune-out than mingle, Union Station offers a create-your-own media experience by providing a mini-TV at every cardio machine. What is it worth to you? $350 and up for a one-time enrollment fee and $113 per month (or more, depending on the season); group and couple rates are available.
Classes: The skinny on FFC classes: They will kick your derriere—but (no pun intended) you will actually enjoy the process. Walk into a Pilates mat or yoga class and you will walk out pleased to have found instruction comparable to what you'd find at a studio. Cut out of the office for a half-hour "Butts & Guts" or "6-Pack Abs" class at noon, or kick into shape with kickboxing and spinning. If swimming is your thing, the aquatic experience here does not disappoint; in addition to master's swimming classes, the gym offers Tri-Monster Training (at an additional cost) for the triathlon-inclined.
Extras: A full-service spa allows you to keep-up on all your body waxing and hand and feet maintenance. While you could stick to a Swedish massage, sports and deep tissue therapy are popular with this type-A crowd. The option to tan your hide is a bonus, with unlimited tanning available for $19.95 per month. A Pilates studio holds private and semi-private Pilates Reformer training for additional fees. And if you like to keep your hands gym bag-free during the day, you can rent a locker to store your spandex—you can even have your sweaty gear laundered on site. Parking is free for under two hours.
Centerstage Reviewer: Maria Raynes