By Megan Taylor Morrison
The Active Times
For some gyms, towel service is just the beginning.
Across the nation (and world, in one case), fitness facilities are upping their game to attract the most exclusive clients, including professional athletes, Wall Street gurus and celebrities. And while a membership will cost you a pretty penny (at Bosse Sports and Health Club in Subury, Mass., for instance, monthly membership is $389 after the whopping $4,000 initiation fee), you'll have plenty of cool new toys to encourage you to hit the gym.
|Slideshow: World's Most Luxurious Gym Amenities|
Here's a look at some of the world's most luxurious gym amenities:
Training for a trek through the Himalaya or an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro can be tricky when you live at sea level. However, the hypoxic machine at SP Health in London can help prepare your body for the trip by filtering out oxygen in the air, simulating higher altitudes. Even if you dont have a trip planned, you can still reap benefits from this machine. Altitude training can help you increase fitness, improve circulation and lower blood pressure.
Athletes' Performance-Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.: One of the highlights of this facility is the Hydroworx underwater treadmill. Using resistance jets, the machine can be used for rehabilitation or fitness and can help athletes with gait training and balance enhancements.
La Palestra in New York City: Before you hit the gym, you meet with an on-site registered dietician, orthopedist, physical therapist, behavioral therapist and internist who review your medical records and help you set fitness goals and identify any potential obstacles. Started by fitness expert Pat Manocchia, the gym hopes the holistic approach will give members the best chance to improve their health and their lives.
At the Bosse Sports and Health Club in Sudbury, Mass., snow never ruins a golf game. In the centers 25,000-square-foot dome, members can practice driving and putting year round with the help of PGA instructors who assess your swing through cutting-edge video technology.
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