Bodyplex Fitness boasts a 28,500-square-foot facility, equipped with group classes, modern equipment, and personal trainers to whip burgeoning muscle mavens into shape. Health-hunters can attend three selections from a schedule of more than 50 classes, slurp down a complimentary smoothie from the in-house bar, test out a bevy of Life Fitness and Precor cardio equipment, and train for spontaneous, t-shirt-tearing flex-offs in the free-weight area (a $44 value). Meanwhile enjoy body-pampering amenities such as a 30-minute massage (a $45 value) and unlimited 30-day access to the 200-watt tanning systems (a $33 value).
Personal trainer and Strongside founder Mitchel Black has a list of certifications and accomplishments that would make any bodybuilder blush. Certified as a CrossFit trainer?as well as a US Olympic weight coach?he has hosted a health and fitness radio show, completed in an Ironman triathalon, and, today, facilitates 30 day paleo challenges in eight countries.
But while his own accomplishments may sound intimidating, Black started Strongside with the goal of making physical health and strength accessible to everyone. His own journey to CrossFit transformed him from a thin, endurance athlete to a strength-focused athlete, and he helps others make similar transformations in a six-day-a-week schedule of ever-changing classes?or Workouts of the Day. Throughout the week, these workouts revolve to keep participants not only engaged, but to help maximize the building of muscle and shedding of fat so that they stay motivated and on track.
Without a traditional gym's frilly extras, like a smoothie bar or towel-folding robot maid, Owl CrossFit at Emerge Fitness has more room for its guests to pump up during their stripped-down workouts. Patrons work together and encourage one another here, instead of chugging away on individual treadmills, which is what drove coach Chris to CrossFit in the first place. He originally sought community and motivation when he started attending CrossFit classes, and now helms his own as a Level One trainer. He pushes clients of all fitness levels to their maximums during the high-intensity workouts, which are made up of fast-paced functional movements. The workouts change each day, and each movement can be scaled to fit an individual's fitness level, making the challenge accessible to fitness newbies and professional athletes alike.
Those that practice a slew of functional movements performed at high intensity can describe their workout to others with one word: CrossFit. The fitness regimen blasts fat, revs up metabolism, and builds muscle tone thanks to WODs, or Workouts of the Day, which may include squats, kettlebell swings, and jumping jacks. At The Garage, A CrossFit Gym, members swap out the usual gym routines such as running on the treadmill or bench-pressing a personal trainer for these constantly changing workouts?which are led by a team of qualified fitness professionals.
And though CrossFit is prominently featured at The Garage, it's not the only focus. The staff helps members boost their health with nutritional guidance, train for marathons with running workshops, and slay stress during yoga classes.
Wooden boxes, giant tires, weighted balls, and gymnastics rings. At first glance, Crossfit Towne Lake?s exercise equipment might seem overwhelming. But the certified CrossFit coaches make sure any concerns are quickly squashed with their attentive and supportive attitudes. They carefully instruct members on proper form before each exercise, and shadow everyone throughout the workout. Even in a class setting, people receive individualized attention with tailored exercises that challenge them, whether they are a seasoned athlete or fitness newbie. CrossFit workouts are steeped in functional fitness movements, and include Olympic-style weightlifting and the use of kettlebells.
CrossFit's pitch is that its functional daily workouts can be tailored to anyone. Nowhere is that pitch more apparent than at CrossFit Etowah. The staff schedules programs for teens, seniors, beginners who can do one pull-up, and more seasoned CrossFitters who can do infinity pull-ups. As an added bonus, because the studio is located inside and affiliated with the 30,000 sq. ft. BodyPlex Woodstock, members can also gain access to the sprawling fitness center's amenities, which include locker rooms, saunas, childcare services, and massage therapy.