Intensity and accessibility form the cornerstones of the CrossFit philosophy. Unlike traditional fitness classes, each workout is unique, incorporating a wide range of functional movements into sweat-inducing sequences intended to bolster strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and more. The workouts are intended to be taxing; however, students have the ability control the load and intensity of each exercise and safely challenge themselves at their own pace. As a result, students of virtually any age and fitness level can attend provided that they are prepared to pursue a demanding workout regimen.
Self-motivation is vital, but Lowry CrossFit's instructors are also on hand to provide support, guidance, and encouragement. Safety is of paramount importance, so the instructors ensure that every student knows how to use the Rogue Fitness and Rage Fitness equipment scattered across the 3,000 square foot facility. The building also features a separate area for Olympic lifting as well as an outdoor section with a 15-foot-tall structure that students can climb using a rope.
Surrounded by graffiti-strewn brick, exercisers at Endorphin box, cycle, and push themselves to the limit in a motivating space. Coaches guide groups through rigorous, endorphin-boosting classes, which include CrossFit and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Those looking to get fit know they can count on Endorphin for challenging workouts and a more acceptable spot to showcase their new sweatbands instead of in the office, and group settings mean exercisers feel supported in their goal-setting sojourns.
The owners of Qi pool their experience to design innovative, unique exercise classes. Leading a staff of personal trainers and experienced instructors, the club maintains meditative training studios where yoga and cycling fuse in courses such as QiCycle-Yoga, and Qi Ryders, which uses RealRyder bikes.
The resulting roster of classes have earned Qi a second- and third-place spot on 5280's 2011 readers’ choice awards for Health Club/Gym and Yoga respectively. Such classes include Qi Yoga, a unique focus on core energy and muscular strength, and QiCycle-KORE, a cycling program blended with a bootcamp workout. The commitment to healthy living extends beyond the gym, with community programs, such as the free running club, a group that meets regularly to jog through City Park, Congress Park, and local Thanksgiving dinners.
Guided by a licensed medical director, the team of certified laser technicians at Hellenic Laser Spa helps men and women refine their complexions with an array of skin services. Harnessing noninvasive light waves from diode, yag, and alexandrite lasers, team members prune unwanted body hair, even out pigmentation, alleviate acne, and blast toenail fungus. Radio frequency, infrared light, CO2 fractional, and Botox and Juv?derm injections iron out facial wrinkles that lead to sagging skin, crow's-feet, and being mistaken for a painting of an ancestor. The facility also boasts a team of massage therapists ready to smudge away stress with soothing kneads during Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.
For the past 20 years, fitness instructor Tracy Revell has discovered what she believes are the tools for getting in shape. They include Pilates, Core Conditioning, and Nia, which combines an array of fitness philosophies, including martial arts such as kickboxing, dances such as Zumba and the Fast Macarena, and healing arts such as yoga. At Revelll's fitness studio, she helps folks reap the benefits of these disciplines in her classes. Equally important to the fitness philosophies, however, are Revell's expertise?she's an ACSM-certified personal trainer and a licensed Corrective Holistic Exercise Kinesiologist practitioner?and her penchant for focusing on strengthening her clients' weak spots.
The massage therapists and yogis at 3 Om Massage, Yoga and Ayurveda follow holistic practices to help their clients achieve total-body wellness, with services that range from soothing massages to private yoga lessons. Reiki sessions focus on healing through the transfer of energy, while a range of massage modalities relieve pain from injuries and medical conditions. The spa's signature service, Sweet Nirvana massage, incorporates several of these treatments. Therapists knead organic oil and an herbal essential oils into skin with deep, focused strokes or gentle effleurage. Afterward, they balance the client's body energy with a Reiki session, and usher them into a calm state with hot towels.