The workout of the day from February 18, 2013 best exemplifies the sort of workout that exercisers receive from CrossFit North Salt Lake. It was called “Cindy” and it challenged exercisers to repeat a sequence of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats for 20 minutes. Like all of CrossFit’s daily workouts, the exhausting “Cindy” workout relied on quickly and intensely performed functional movements to forge stronger muscles, but it was scalable to the fitness level of each individual participant.
Seasoned fitness coaches Andrew Ettinger and Walter McClenton motivate exercisers through each of these workouts. Through their program, Ettinger and McClenton emphasize variety and unpredictability to prepare participants for any physically demanding task in life, whether playing a full-contact sport or wringing sweat from The Hulk’s jersey after he plays a full-contact sport. Ettinger holds a degree in exercise science, and his rigorous training approach contrasts his personal laidback demeanor and gets a dose of whimsy from the reggae he plays during workouts. His partner, McClenton, is a certified personal trainer through NASM and used to start at safety for the Utah State football team.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Introduced to the community under the name Revolve Aerial Dance, Aerial Arts of Utah changed hands when the original owner moved back to her hometown. It passed to Annie Kocherhans and Deborah Eppstein, two longtime local business owners who loved the exercise form so much that they decided they had to keep the business alive. To help them, they assembled a team of teachers with a slew of qualifications that includes a degree from the New England Center for Circus Arts and a master of fine arts in modern dance.
Staffers teach nine classes in the aerial and semi-aerial arts, including courses that focus on the introductory basics, acroyoga, and aerial silks. They also teach the fundamentals to kids aged 7–12 and offer teen-specific classes that cover age-appropriate topics, such as learning how to gracefully catapult into the sunroof of Justin Bieber’s limo. When not instructing aspiring flyers in circus skills, the team performs in cities throughout Utah, demonstrating how to use the trapeze, silks, and the tippy lyra—also known as a flying hoop.
On her biography page, Jennifer-Ellen Mueller says her first yoga class "felt like coming home," an experience which prompted her to devote 12 years to its study. Matt Newman used to watch his musician father meditate, but it wasn't until he was recovering from a back injury that he learned yogic breathing could help him reach the same peaceful state. Scott Moore discovered his passion abroad—he's studied meditation in Korea and Ayurveda in Kerala, and taught yoga in Croatia.
Eventually, the paths of these three free spirits converged, leading them to found their own studio: Prana Yoga, a name adapted from the Sanskrit word for "life force." Each brings his or her own talents to the practice—Jennifer-Ellen helms the 500-hour teacher certification program, Matt leads fun-focused instruction in yoga therapy and energetic alignment, and Scott breaks up his yoga classes with storytelling, music, and pose demonstrations with marionettes.
The trio also works with a team of instructors who train students in 10 yoga styles within two practice studios, introducing the gentle postures of hatha, the synchronized flow of breath and movement in power vinyasa, and the rhythmic style of Prana Flow. Prana Yoga's team doesn't just care deeply for yoga, but for the students who practice it as well. Staff members perform thai yoga massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and botanical facials in an on-site spa, and they prepare food from locally sourced ingredients in the cafe. The team also offers reduced-rate classes in exchange for help around the studio.