$75 for One-Month On Ramp Program at Crossfit Vanguard ($150 Value)

Appleton

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The Deal

  • $75 for a one-month On Ramp program, with classes twice weekly for first three weeks and unlimited classes in fourth week ($150 value)

On Ramp adheres to a principle known as functional fitness—exercise that focuses on making everyday tasks easier. Check out Groupon’s basic rundown.

Functional Fitness: Beyond the Bench Press

From shoveling snow to climbing stairs, people constantly carry out tasks that may seem mundane, but can lead to serious injury if the body can't handle the workload. Functional fitness targets groups of muscles throughout the body, conditioning them to work together so they can perform a range of simple tasks more easily and safely. Exercises commonly used in a functional-fitness regimen mimic such everyday movements: squatting to pick up a heavy object, lunging forward toward an out-of-reach ledge, balancing on an unstable chair as the shelf collapses.

Whereas a traditional curl targets the biceps by way of elbow movement, a functional exercise might incorporate the shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles, which trains the upper and lower body to work in unison with the aid of a tightened core. This integration allows the muscles to grow at a similar rate, gaining strength in a way that complements the way a person lives rather than the way they simply work out.

One of the major pros of functional fitness is its ability to suit virtually any fitness goal. A

report by the American Council on Exercise determined that functional fitness benefitted adults ages 58–78, while a study by the U.S. Army concluded that CrossFit training increased the work capacity of its top athletes by an average of 20% and "characterizes the type of versatility required of U.S. Army Soldiers." Regardless of the intensity, it’s best to start slow. Beginning with exercises that only use the body’s weight helps teach muscles proper form and keep them safe from injury. Once prepared, exercisers can add more resistance with weights, tubing, ropes, elephant trunks, and other tools.

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    Appleton

    N218 Stoney Brook Road

    Appleton, Wisconsin 54915

    920-659-0475

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In a Nutshell

With an On Ramp membership, participants practice functional fitness moves to sculpt muscles and build endurance

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. New clients only or clients who have not been in since 6 months of last class. 1 month session begins on 1st Tuesday of each month and concludes on last day of month. Weeks 1-3 meet 2X a week (Tuesday & Thursday) with a 6:00AM or 7:30PM class option. Call to reserve spot and time slot, space based on availability. Will be placed on waiting list if desired month is full. 36 Hour Cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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