After four years spent playing football at the University of Illinois, and three years in the Canadian league, Morris Virgil circled back around to become a fitness coach. ?Each client is a direct reflection of me,? he says. ?Not in their physique, but in form, effort level, and dedication.?
He springboards off that philosophy during his 45-minute sports-inspired workouts, challenging patrons through functional training methods designed to improve overall health rather than just build washboard vanity abs or butter-churn biceps. Each workout divides time equally between cardiovascular routines, strength-training that leverages body weight, and muscle-sculpting exercises with free weights. The focus of each session alternates by the day of the week, so students can arrive daily for an all-around fit-?em-up routine or drop in on specified slots to focus on slimming down, toning muscles, or building strength.
Though it's an airy indoor facility, The Crag Indoor Rock Climbing gym gleans its name from the jagged outdoor cliffs that climbing enthusiasts often strive to summit. Designed by a respected indoor rock-wall builder, The Crag safely recreates the excitement of inching up a punishing rock formation. However, not every wall at the facility is so challenging. It's frequently populated by skilled youth climbers and kids as young as 8. The younger climbers at The Crag often become adept through joining the youth climbing team, or by attending the gym's skill-building summer camp, where campers learn to scale walls by practicing belaying, top roping, and stealing Batman's utility belt. The facility's designer also kept adults and seasoned practitioners in mind by creating more than 100 routes that range in difficulty from beginner to more advanced.
Family owned and operated since 1977, the expert instructors at Adamson's Karate Studios help students from preschool to adulthood build discipline, confidence, and athleticism using the art of karate. At eight locations, instructors guide students through a series of kicks and punches as they improve their fitness, confidence, discipline, and ability to chop stacks of boring homework in half.
Circle City Strength & Conditioning began in Chris Roche's garage. That's where the trainer started coaching a few clients in the summer of 2009. As the leaves turned from green to gold, however, Chris's signature combination of conditioning, strength training, cardio, and yoga drew more and more clients. With class sizes snowballing and the temperature dropping, Chris nabbed a commercial space in January 2010. He transferred his kettle bells to this 1,000-square foot "'box,' literally a box," as he puts it, and his ever-expanding community of fitness fanatics was able to continue their rigorous, supportive group fitness sessions.
Today the studio occupies over 3,700 square feet of space, plays host to a slew of CrossFit classes, and connects exercisers not only with Chris but with six other passionate coaches. In addition to CrossFit, enrollees enjoy yoga, Barbell Club, and even nutritional seminars on how to deadlift hundred-pound carrots. The schedule looks a bit different than it did back in Chris's garage, but many things have endured, most importantly the fitness center's friendly atmosphere and the results-oriented design of its workouts.
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Average Class Length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Indoors only
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Wear clothing you are comfortable moving in. Most clients prefer to wear gym shorts and a T-shirt.