At CSRA CrossFit, a team of CrossFit-certified coaches pushes their students past their personal fitness goals, building lean, powerful muscles with a high-intensity regimen of Olympic lifting, endurance workouts, and interval training. An ever-changing barrage of Workouts of the Day (or WODs) breaks up the boring routine with daily wake-up calls of deadlifts, pushups, and other exciting compound words, and yoga sessions build flexibility and range of motion.
5, 6, 7, 8 Studios provides dance- and alternative-fitness classes for students of all skill levels. No previous experience is required to participate in the musically-driven exercises of Zumba, belly-dance, or line dance, in which choreography is set to styles such as pop, Latin, or country music. In addition to studio-dance classes, 5, 6, 7, 8 Studios also offers "Divas" classes, such as stiletto pole, a class in which high heels are required, or "exoticize," which includes floor and chair exercises.
For the instructors at Seigler's Karate Center, martial arts is about more than drilling strikes and forceful take-downs; it's about building confidence. With that philosophy in mind, the team aims to help people of all ages—from preschooler to retiree—overcome "I quit" attitudes with lessons emphasizing self-discipline and empathy. They exemplify martial arts' fat-burning benefits with cardio-kickboxing classes, focused workouts designed to shrink jean sizes while instilling self-defense techniques in students.
Instead of exercises that rely on bulky and often single-user workout machines, Three B Fitness’s workouts revolve around functional movement including kettlebell swings, medicine-ball tosses, and body-weight exercises. These moves can be done simultaneously in groups to help keep energy high and morale up. There is one machine used during the facility’s group fitness classes—it’s the rowing machine, an apparatus that cannot be beat for increasing shoulder strength by mimicking the movements of a whitewater-rafting guide powering a raft through rapids or a bathtub with the shower running.
At SEC CrossFit, the goal is to help exercisers develop a broad base of physical fitness. The coaches achieve this by leading workouts in a a gym filled with rowing machines, barbells, gymnastics rings, and other functional-fitness equipment. The staff fosters a fun but challenging atmosphere that encourages participants to push themselves while also cheering on their classmates. To keep exercisers interested, coaches mix it up with a different workout each day. Whether they draw from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or plyometrics, all the workouts are designed to sculpt physiques and improve quality of life for exercisers of any age.
Superior Academy trains bodies to react to stressful situations with power and stamina. Its mixed martial arts training includes a variety of techniques, including Bruce Lee's jeet kune do and close-quarter defense, to help kids, teens, adults, women, and military personnel fend off would-be attackers. For those who prefer to move in a less combative art, the school also conducts salsa, ballroom, and swing lessons for solo dancers or partners.