Though certified CrossFit coach Andrea Logan helps fit-seeking clients to turn their lives around, she's had her fair share of challenges to overcome. Logan struggled for 13 years with an eating disorder, but rather than kowtowing to adversity, she not only punched through her hurdles, but used them to further fuel their drive and study of fitness.
With 20 years of eclectic sports and training experience, her voice reverberates across CrossFit APx's no-frills facilities, motivating students through constantly changing routines of high-intensity workouts ranging from pull-ups to push presses. Each exercise is designed to jet-propel students into the CrossFit core skills of endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy, and remembering long lists. The center strives to create a strong sense of community among its students, welcoming new members of all ages and fitness levels and promptly squashing any unfriendly back-alley spelling-bee competitions.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Certified personal trainer Dawn Christley has experience as an independent trainer and staff member at mainstream gyms, such as Gold's and Lifetime Fitness, which has enabled her to amass 15 years' worth of wellness know-how. As the owner of Power Train, Dawn now helms original boot-camp classes for youths and adults that draw from numerous workout techniques such as P90X, kickboxing, and repetitious finger wagging. Her one-on-one sessions continue to inspire individual clients, and her small group courses and corporate programs fuel efforts toward communal health. Though she characterizes her coaching methods as "intense and relentless," supportive words and biweekly fruit-basket deliveries showcase her devotion to each patron's physical betterment.
Staffed by a dozen licensed and certified trainers, physical therapists, and dietitians, Excel Body Fitness presents clients with the tools and knowledge needed for every facet of physical fitness. Members can reserve spots in any of Excel’s traditional fitness classes—such as cycling, TRX, and Zumba—or sign up for the X-Series program. Pioneered by Excel, the program features a foundation of four innovative workouts: X-Energy (a combination of boot camp, CrossFit, and gladiator training), X-Commando (concentrated strength training), X-Plosive (martial-arts-based regimens), and X-Fusion (core strength and balance).
Aradia Fitness's dance studio is outfitted with 12 golden poles on which students build pole-dance repertoires in classes that span seven levels. The pole classes, including a new coed pole-fitness class, focus more on building strength and imparting technique than sultry performance. Other fitness classes at the coed studio tone physiques and build endurance with other dance styles, from Zumba cardio-dance parties to chair-dance lessons, for when you're too tired to stand up.
Raleigh Barbell's intimate 864-square-foot training facility is home to Jackson Williams, who has more than a decade of experience coaching everyone from pro athletes to average joes. A former Division I athlete, Mr. Williams brings a passion for health and exercise to his group training sessions, and also works one-on-one with clients.