While some do chin-ups on the pull-up bars others lift barbells and swing kettlebells overhead, while still others flip enormous tractor tires from end-to-end. It’s all part of the daily routine at CrossFit Queen Creek, where trainers change up the exercises each day to stave off boredom. The small group sizes in each class also ensures personal attention, while the functional full-body motions of the workouts ensures total body fitness.
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.
After earning reputations as elite trainers throughout the East Valley, NASM-certified personal trainers Luis Galindo and Jeremy Jones pooled 30 years of combined fitness experience to cofound Funktional Fitness. At their custom-designed studio in downtown Gilbert, they waive the monotony of gym machines and treadmill stacking for workouts based on functional movements—actions relevant to everyday living. Their regimens and nutrition programs encourage guests to embody the studio's 10 core values, which include "unity," "embrace change," and "strive to be 1% better each day."
Rather than roping its clients into memberships, Funktional Fitness allows them to customize their training plans according to the TMDA (think, motivate, decide, and act) model. One-on-one and semiprivate sessions stress individual feedback, whereas GroupFit classes combine the intimate instruction of private lessons with the camaraderie of book clubs that meet to tear dictionaries in half. Patrons might battle their own body weight with TRX suspension cords, swing kettlebells, or flow through yoga poses during their visits, building strength in a welcoming environment infused with competitive drive.
Created by renowned fitness expert Jaime Brenkus, the man behind the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, the Slim & Fit approach to wellness is much more than a diet. Certified Slim Coaches and Fit Trainers helm weekly weigh-ins and exercise sessions, slinging encouragement that’s grounded in their commitment to cultivating permanent behavioral change. Fueled by a passion to help others achieve their goals, Cathy Lombardo, along with her husband Chris, decided to bring Brenkus’s philosophy to their community. After cutting the ribbon, a ceremony that Brenkus himself attended, Cathy got busy putting her experience as an all-American track-and-field athlete to use guiding others toward overall well-being.
In addition to the hunger-curbing six meals a day that participants enjoy on the 4-2 Slim Plan, exercisers burn calories during Brenkus's Fitness Fusion workout via resistance, cardio, and strength training. The system's patented portion-control plate demonstrates the appropriate amount of food to eat or store in second stomachs for the approaching winter months.
As a 23-year-old junior, Tom Hatten didn’t spend his evenings at the raucous parties or ice-cream socials associated with college life. Instead, he’d spend the waning hours of his evenings waiting by the dryer for the last batch of towels before collapsing into bed. In the morning, he would lug them to Mountainside Fitness, the gym he opened as a student that he has thrown all his energy into maintaining ever since.
Today, the humble 4,800-square-foot space has bloomed into nine gyms that average a sweeping 41,000 square feet. Tom’s vision of creating a friendly neighborhood gym that greets each guest with a warm towel underscores every decision he makes for the different locations, from the colorful kid-care spaces to the entertaining group fitness classes. Personal trainers plan regimens tailored to each client, helping them lose weight, build muscle, or target the muscles that will help build a better golf game. Clients can create their own routines with the help of cardio and weight machines, or explore the different amenities at each location, such as saunas, rock-climbing walls, and indoor basketball courts.