The expert coaches at Chain of Lakes CrossFit cook up classes for athletes of all ages and skill levels based on CrossFit’s tenets of varied, functional fitness. Each WOD (Workout of the Day) varies from session to session, often fusing elements of track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, and strongman exercises. No matter the inspiration, each workout is short and intense, with students often climbing ropes to the ceiling, performing lifts, or doing dips on suspended gymnastics rings. The regimen is designed to teach functional movements found in everyday life, improving students’ ability to push, pull, squat, jump, throw, sprint, or carry 100 pounds of groceries.
Ross Kellin, owner and head instructor of Champions MMA, knows a thing or two about marital arts. He's not only a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu but a licensed boxing and mixed-martial-arts trainer and manager. His unique perspective of the sport, both in and out of the ring, has raised his team of fighters to become a powerhouse in the industry.
But Kellin, a Lakeland native, doesn't just concentrate on his rising fighters. He also turns his careful attention to kids, offering after-school programs, summer camps, and even birthday parties. And, for clients looking to up their fitness sans cage match, Champions MMA hosts a cardio-kickboxing program that uses Tiger Vascular Boxing Fitness workouts to obliterate calories.
360 Universal Fitness helps students from a wide range of fitness levels build muscle, burn fat, and have fun with fitness classes and training. Pupils of all ages blend Latin dance and aerobics during Zumba sessions and push themselves past their personal goals during boot-camp classes. 360 Universal Fitness also offers strength and conditioning courses specifically designed for seniors to help older adults stay fit.
CrossFit Body-Mechanic’s coach Casey Schmidt—who placed among the top 21% of athletes at the 2012 CrossFit Games Open—blasts away body fat with what he calls “the sport of fitness.” He and his students compete against their own best times, heaviest weights, and highest number of reps to become leaner, meaner functional athletes.
Retired police officer Sergeant Guy Samuelson is anything but inactive. A life member of the United States Martial Arts Association and a strength and conditioning coach for high-school football players, Sergeant Samuelson has devoted his life to being active. With that in mind, he started CrossFit Panoply, a non-gym fitness environment that offers workouts used by military special-operations units, professional athletes, and evil geniuses. His workouts focus on using the entire body for each exercise, ensuring activation in all muscles, and each exercise can be scaled to suit any student’s demands or limitations. He leads the classes along with certified instructors who boast law-enforcement or fire-fighting backgrounds.
Soldier City CrossFit helps improve the body's health and physique using a mix of high-intensity functional movements designed to build speed, endurance, coordination, and earlobe flexibility. Within a facility equipped with free weights, kettlebells, and rope climbs, dedicated coaches lead sessions intended to help individuals meet their personal fitness goals?no matter what skill level they're at currently. For those not quite ready for the calorie-incinerating ferocity of CrossFit, the studio also runs boot-camp and agility-training classes to keep students in shape.