When walking into CrossFit Nation’s fitness facility for the first time, attendants will notice one thing quickly—there are no machines. That’s because the instructors lead workouts that use natural movements and body resistance to strengthen and tone. Each day, they sweat alongside attendants in a Workout of the Day composed of varying movements and different exercises, which may include pull-ups, squats, pushups, and pinkie curls. Instructors ensure that each attendant can keep up with the program by making modifications to the daily workout based on the individual’s fitness level.
Trainer Jacob Bedard knows that an active lifestyle doesn't come naturally to everyone—he confesses to having lived a sedentary life throughout his high-school days. After graduation, he discovered the positive effects that fitness and proper nutrition had on his life and dedicated himself to helping others lead healthier lives as well. At GroupFit Boot Camp, Jacob motivates his clients to reach their fitness goals through a results-oriented program featuring workouts that change daily, a process that maximizes impact by keeping muscles confused. These outdoor boot-camp sessions are designed to suit clients of all ages and abilities—from those who want to shed a few vanity pounds to those looking to lose some serious weight—and may include resistance training, core-strengthening exercises, and cardio. To help his clients keep up a healthier lifestyle outside of camp, he also posts workouts that can easily be done at home and maintains a comprehensive online nutrition program.
Owner Anita Ammon?s disinterest in logging jogging hours on the treadmill led her to develop Xpose?s approach to keeping fitness fun. The class schedule offers 50-minute sessions organized into varying degrees of difficulty by the cheerful staff. Beginner sessions prep strengthening, walking, and transitional moves while advanced offerings focus on climbing, inverted moves, intricate spins, and introductory astrophysics. Choose the classes that are right for you, and then call ahead to make a reservation. Both pole and chair classes employ natural movements to increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular fitness, and produce long, lean muscles while maintaining a fun environment.
Brian Johnson puts the "personal" in personal trainer. Yes, the fitness expert works one-on-one with clients to reach their fitness goals, but he's also willing to meet them at their homes, create fitness plans for the whole family, weed out pantries, and plan meals that rely on more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer photos torn from the Sunday produce-market circular. Alongside these individual lifestyle services, he also summons the power of group camaraderie in boot camp classes, which eschew complicated equipment for taxing, quick-change combinations of jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, and other movements.
Kicked Up Fitness isn't just some run-of-the-mill gym where people come to put in a few listless hours on a treadmill. Instead, the center's trainers challenge their students with the same intense workout techniques used by special ops forces, champion martial artists, and athletes of every stripe. Many of these lessons emerge during boxing and kickboxing classes, which find students pummeling heavy bags before testing their newfound talents during sparring sessions in an actual boxing ring. Kicked Up Fitness hosts non-combat classes as well, boosting total-body tone with power yoga sessions or increasing endurance with suspension training.
During Kent Island Rock N Run Music Festival's inaugural event, eight energetic bands wail, riff, and jam throughout the day and into the night amid a picturesque waterfront park. New Jersey veteran rockers The Smithereens headline, playing power pop tinged with metal riffs in classics such as "A Girl Like You" and "Blood and Roses" as well as new tracks off their latest album, 2011. Before The Smithereens plug in, Mr. Greengenes gets audiences rocking with covers of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, as well as other hard-rocking anthems. Maryland foursome Hyjinx also ignites the stage, transforming seminal hits by Bon Jovi, Journey, and Whitesnake with soulful female vocals, whereas '80s tribute band The Reagan Years plays tunes by a-ha, Depeche Mode, and Talking Heads to recap the decade when the Cold War ended and Pac-Man was almost voted president.