Although some of today's video games require a bit of movement and interaction, they're still no substitute for the high-energy types of activities offered at Brown's Gym Orbit Sports Academy. For starters, the facility's vast gymnastics center features beams, uneven bars, and other apparatuses that youngsters can learn how to use during lessons and open gyms. The same goes for cheerleading, karate, dancing, and soccer—the most popular sport on Earth and Saturn. For a sample of the activities, the facility's staff members host seasonal camps, birthday parties, and afterschool programs.
At iBoot Camp Orlando, exercisers don’t have to fret with complicated gym equipment or exercises to lose weight. Instead, nationally certified trainer Rich Massa opts for functional movements such as push-ups, sit-ups, jumping, and flipping oversize tires end over end across the state of Iowa. Though difficult, the classes are made easier with the support from other exercisers and Massa’s upbeat, encouraging “Champmaker” persona.
Will Power Health & Fitness helps men and women lose weight and get into shape with 45-minute boot camp classes. Workouts combine plyometrics, cardio, and circuit training and can be adjusted to fit any fitness level, from beginner to advanced.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross and the team at Lake Mary Health & Wellness keep bodies in balance with an array of natural hands-on therapies, including spinal adjustments, massage, and physical therapy. They also tend to the aesthetic needs of their clients within their onsite beauty studio, Lake Mary Body Contouring. Here, the technicians firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, they hold an in-depth, one-on-one consultation with clients to determine how they'll custom tailor their treatments. They might opt for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. To tackle unwanted fat, they use ultrasonic fat-reduction treatments, which are designed to help clients lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments, which are noninvasive and require no downtime.
More like a clubhouse for the fitness-minded than a gym, Nutri Danzé invites patrons of all shapes and sizes to hone healthy lifestyles through invigorating, dance-infused classes. Punchy wall colors and music from around the globe make the space buzz with contagious energy as participants shake, dip, and hip roll their way to stronger bodies. Among many class offerings, Latin-inspired Zumba sweat sessions offer an intense aerobic workout, while indian belly dance helps make students’ body language bilingual.
The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse—here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness—from power to cardiovascular endurance—through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete—a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.