Each of YMCA of Western North Carolina's five branches and 19 childcare sites remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during cardio-dance and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead more than 200 programs, including children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
At Iron Palm Bouldering, the rock-climbing walls don't extend much higher than about 14 feet?a good deal shorter than one might imagine. That's because the gym caters exclusively to bouldering, a version of climbing that places more emphasis on body control and problem solving than speed, height, or practice for beanstalk scaling. This might sound like a more demanding version of rock climbing?and it can be?but Iron Palm welcomes all levels to the sport with group and individual classes. As climbers get better, they can progress to more difficult techniques and more complex bouldering problems, which the gym happily encourages by changing the climbing routes every month.
Equipment: Resistance bands, medicine balls, speed ladder, weights, agility cones
Students should bring: Bottle of water and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Make sure to eat a light snack 30?45 minutes before class begins.
Taking a note out of the playbook from many police academies and military special operations units, CrossFit Pisgah’s seasoned trainers lead small groups through a constantly rotating fitness regimen that fuses cardio work and strength training for a highly intense total body workout. Inside the no-frills gym, participants—with the encouragement of motivational instructors and other students—perform functional exercises based of off movements found in everyday life, from squats reminiscent of picking up heavy laundry baskets to weight lifts evocative of hoisting lazy husbands onto the roof to clean the gutters.
Physical therapy and fitness become one at Southeastern Fitness and Rehabilitation—though it’s tough to pinpoint exactly where the fusion begins; maybe it’s the indoor pool, perhaps it’s the sauna, or possibly it’s the steam room and hot tub that contribute to the unison of exercise and therapy. No matter where clients find themselves, they’re sure to uncover equipment, such as strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights, to help facilitate weight loss and wellness. Trainers also lead aquatic classes, which help athletes lose weight and improve conditioning and flexibility.
At Summit CrossFit, the house rules are probably a bit different than what you'd see at a standard gym. They call for all exercisers to check their egos at the door. With no pretension or mid-workout autograph signings to bog it down, it essentially has created a community of like-minded exercisers. When everyone is an active participant, they collectively battle group sessions. They can grunt through squats, presses, dead lifts, and other functional movements, all of which get incorporated into CrossFit's intense workouts of the day.