At a Vibe Class USA personal-training session, exercisers aren't alone in their workouts. As they move through functional exercises with resistance bands or weights, they're stationed atop a vibrating platform. The vibration causes contractions of the muscles, which boosts the normal effects of strength training and conditioning. In a mere 30 minutes, customers can reap the results of a lengthier workout.
With its emphasis on varied, intense workouts and personal attention, a CrossFit program demands a certain type of trainer. If anyone's up to the challenge, it's Dave Appel, named one of Austin's ten fittest people by Austin Fit, and his team, runner-up in the publications Best CrossFit Studio 2013. Together, they lead athletes of all fitness levels through a variety of classes, including CrossFit and other sessions focused on mobility, endurance, and cycling.
The Amala Foundation aims to inspire youth to become peaceful and compassionate leaders through local, national, and international humanitarian service projects. Many of these projects are directed at helping to connect underserved youth, including refugee and immigrant children, with opportunities to take leadership roles and serve others. Youth participants have often experienced religious persecution, child labor, extreme poverty, gang violence, or war, and Amala's projects are aimed at helping them to achieve inner peace as well as peace within the communities where they work. Programs include the One Village Project and the Global Youth Peace Summit, which unite youth from around the globe to help them heal and connect with others. Over the last decade, the Amala Foundation has directly impacted the lives of thousands of young people in Austin and around the world.
The color scheme at The Fit Pit is a stark one?red walls, black boxing and fitness gear, and little else. The intense interior matches the gym's intense workouts, helmed by certified boxing coach Coach Art Cardenas. An erstwhile law enforcement agent and certified Police Nunchaku instructor, he draws on more than two decades of boxing experience when he teaches students the boxing fundamentals, helping them hone their hooks, jabs, and well-timed noogies. Even when he's not teaching, Coach Art is still focused on the boxing as the director of Austin's Golden Gloves tournament, an amateur boxing contest.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
CM Fit Austin is the brainchild of trainers Casey Champagne and Adrienne Morigi, two individuals who focus on more than just achieving short-term goals. In addition to helping clients drop weight or prepare for races, they instill practices that stick for life. This ability is borne of their personal experience in NCAA Division I swimming and national-level adult track and field, respectively. Today, they conduct one-hour personal-training sessions and half-hour group training, where they lead clients through circuit-based, high-intensity interval training.