Function. That's what CrossFit is all about. And that's what got Shaun and Jenna Tieman so hooked on the method that they decided to open Hoosier CrossFit. During classes, CrossFit's system of constantly varied movements are performed at a high intensity. Because the movements are functional, they increase agility, speed, and power while readying participants for all manner of physical activity. Classes rely on tools such as gymnastics rings and bumper plates instead of machines, ensuring that the body is doing all the work. To initiate the uninitiated, instructors start all beginners out with On-Ramp classes, which familiarize exercisers with CrossFit basics.
Cardinal Fitness provides a throng of workout amenities in a fully equipped epicenter of exercise. Bolster blood-pumping organs with sophisticated cardio equipment while buttressing biceps and shaping solar plexuses on top-notch strength-training equipment. Although Austrian bodybuilders have pumped the world's iron supply to dangerously low levels, Cardinal still provides enough of the strength-fortifying mineral for a wide array of free weights. Your fitness assessment and personal training session (a $50 value) will give you a jump-start at the gym and enhance subsequent workouts by providing you with information on the best exercises for your body.
Corinna Cosentino first discovered Pilates as a young dancer, seeking a way to simultaneously build her strength and flexibility. She fell in love with the distinctive exercise regimen and in 1998 decided to earn her Pilates certification. She then continued her studies in Chicago under the guidance of teachers who studied directly under Joseph and Clara Pilates, honing her core-building techniques and mastering Joseph's secret handshakes.
After several years spent teaching in Chicago, Cosentino opened her own studio, which boasts unobstructed space and pale hardwood floors speckled with Pilates reformers, towers, and chairs. She also provides supportive props for students to use during mat-based classes.
Ryan Ketchum was overweight. When he decided to change his lifestyle, however, he held nothing back. In less than a year’s time, he lost 110 pounds and became the athlete he’d always dreamed of being. His dedication impressed lifelong athlete and All-American track and field competitor Wil Fleming, and together they founded Force Fitness & Performance to help others experience similar success.
Now, joined by six other expert trainers, the founders help everyday citizens shed pounds with personal training and boot camps. They also help competitive athletes improve their performance through functional motion training, which cuts unnecessary movements such as lifting the knees too high when running or clicking one’s heels when taking jump shots.
Kate Connor is smart: she holds both a bachelor's degree in athletic training and a master's degree in therapeutic kinesiology. Though she could have pursued a physical-therapy career, her passion for mind-body exercise led her to open Zen Fitness. Further proof of her expertise, she has earned certifications from both YogaFit and the American Council on Exercise, along with completing the Reebok Core Pilates training program and the PHI Pilates certification course. She uses her knowledge to train fellow instructors and give clients the tools to sculpt their bodies and minds amid pale-green walls, wooden floors, and mirrors. Their group yoga classes employ Vinyasa and Kundalini techniques that increase strength while cultivating a meditative state of mind. In addition to traditional mat Pilates classes, they also offer challenging Pilates boot-camp classes that employ the Reformer, the Tower, and the Wunda chair. When Kate and her staff aren't working with groups, they offer private sessions in sports training, Pilates, and yoga. Students can fly solo with a trainer or share the session with their most tolerable family members.
The instructors at Joe’s Functional Fitness Studio lead workouts designed to tone and strengthen people of all ages and fitness levels through functional training—customized exercises that burn calories and build muscle through fast-paced 30- to 60-minute workouts. Instead of sitting in static equipment, the functional exercises keep bodies moving to constantly engage muscles throughout the body instead of just one group at a time. The workouts combine body-weight training, running, and jumping with free weights and power lifting to prep bodies for real-life activities, like running to catch a bus and then casually lifting it up by the bumper. Participants can also opt for personal training or small group sessions limited to five people or less for more individual guidance.