Victor CrossFit's workouts are scalable to every age and fitness level. If you can't do a pull-up, no problem. VCF's coaches will cheer you on while you grab a platform and do negative pull-ups starting from the bar. If you can't do negative pull-ups, they'll scale you back to static hangs or body-weight rows using Olympic rings. They're happy to do it, because they know sooner or later, you'll build to a full pull-up. And once you do that, they can teach you advanced variations, such as kipped pull-ups.
The staff helps launch fitness journeys in Victor CrossFit's small-group WOD—Workout of the Day—classes. It begins with the On Ramp program, where coaches teach the proper form of foundational exercises such as Russian-kettlebell swings and Olympic lifts. Once clients have demonstrated adequate preparedness, coaches let them enter the WOD workouts, which change each day and emphasize functional movements to develop all-over conditioning. Throughout every workout, the staff fosters camaraderie and inclusiveness through ongoing support. They also encourage participants to motivate one another and affectionately refer to them as ninjas. VCF's trainers can also support clients beyond the gym by advising them on paleo dieting, which emphasizes nuts and seeds, little starch, and only the freshest brontosaurus eggs.
Students' minds and bodies are equally important at Grounded By Yoga, where a wide variety of classes help strengthen muscles while fostering a peaceful, balanced state of being. Novices and advanced practitioners find comfortable niches in the studio's repertoire, which includes classes and holistic workshops ranging from prenatal yoga to tai chi and meditation classes. Instructors strive to help students develop a well-rounded yoga practice, combining and balancing postures and breathing as well as concentration and meditation.
Light streams into PUSH Fitness Center’s wide windows, bouncing off the peach-colored walls and illuminating rows of cardio machines and energetic group fitness classes led by expert trainers. These trainers aim to summon discipline and drive within each guest as they lead cardio-centric Les Mills RPM stationary spinning classes and group interval-training sessions, which pair cardio work with strength training for a full-body workout. Alternatively, they can customize exercises to individual needs and goals during personal training sessions. Additionally, PUSH Fitness Center offers a brightly colored, fully supervised KidZone where youngsters can play, make crafts, or mount Homeric recreations of their favorite Mr. Rogers episodes as they're parents pump iron.
Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.
After giving birth to her son in 2009, Jen weighed nearly 300 pounds. Enticed by Hoopnotica’s unorthodox, fun approach to cardio, Jen began teaching herself and hooped through an entire song within three weeks. After a year of hoop and an improved diet, she shed 140 pounds. Inspired by her discipline, Jen’s husband, Keith, became her first Hoopnotica student and has lost more than 100 pounds.
These days, the Hoopnotica master trainer and certified hoop dance instructor teaches more than 15 Hoopnotica classes each week. With hoops made by Keith, students in private lessons, group classes, and workshops learn basic moves such as waist hooping, hip hooping, and whoop hooping, the Victorian method of curing whooping cough by just regular hula-hooping. Once they get the hang of it, pupils begin fortifying their cores, building stamina, and burning upward of 300 calories an hour.
After class, pupils can purchase Hoopnotica products such as DVDs and travel hoops or request a custom hoop with more than 60 tape choices. Outside the classroom, Jen and Keith train and certify new Hoopnotica instructors throughout the country and continue sharing their stories through media outlets such as Today.
Following CrossFit's rigorous method, which is regularly used by military special-operations units and champion martial artists, certified trainers Gina Nicolosi and Mary Connolly strive to help clients of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals. Their high-intensity fitness routines focus on helping clients achieve increased strength, stamina, speed, and coordination, in the hopes of creating a new class of superheroes so the world doesn’t have to endure yet another Spiderman movie. The pair leads scalable, daily changing exercise regimens that help clients boost their strength and endurance and stave off workout burnout with exercises such as weightlifting and plyometrics. One day, patrons might toss medicine balls and climb ropes, and the next day, they might do pull-ups and hang from gymnastics rings. They push their clients to focus on proper form and technique to prevent injury, and the instructors continually check their progress to ensure that everyone is advancing at a healthy pace.