Setting aside experience and fitness level, Lone Tree CrossFit's coaches strive to create an environment where motivated individuals of all body types can work together, find support, and improve their physical well-being. The CrossFit program combines elements of weightlfting, gymnastics, and calisthenics to create a workout regimen based around simple, functional movements, which bolster strength and stamina over time. Most importantly, every attendee has the ability to scale the intensity of the exercises while still pushing themselves to the next level. Safety remains a priority for the trainers, so they lead specialized introductory sessions that help visitors master the fundamental techniques and learn the nicknames of each dumbbell.
Inside Centennial Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot training space, a muscle-bound cadre of certified Level 1 coaches stands ready to welcome any exerciser willing to huff, puff, and sweat their way toward better health. These trainers guide participants through each Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine designed to build a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as being someone else's chair. On any given day, the workout might draw from exercises normally associated with any number of other sports or activities, including Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or martial arts. Since the exercises are scalable—meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from senior citizen beginners to elite athletes—all students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
Speed. Strength. Endurance. Powerhouse Strength & Conditioning helps exercisers achieve fitness goals like these during personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, which simulate exercising in a hall of mirrors. Owner and fitness coach Tom Leonard draws from more than 15 years of experience when working with athletes or everyday clients.
At CrossFit Unbroken, visitors immerse themselves in challenging, ever-changing WODs, or Workouts of the Day, which are designed to build strength and agility while spurring weight loss. Routines constantly rotate to keep participants from getting bored and fleeing the building to chase the ice cream truck. Classes may include kettlebell swings, pullups, 400-meter dashes, burpees, squats, and lunges. The arduous nature of the workouts also helps to boost camaraderie between members, an aspect not always found at traditional gyms.
Although Prestige Fitness' new facilities sparkle with brand-new cardio and strength-training machines and freshly painted walls, they still possess an air of intensity found in most worn-in gyms. Personal TVs on each piece of cardio equipment wire members into their favorite shows as they slay calories, saving them from the standard gym entertainment of harmonized grunting. Group exercise classes challenge members to burn calories in tandem, as they engage in the intense routines of Lance Armstrong Livestrong group cycling, Zumba, or yoga. Massage therapists help melt away the tension of a hard workout, plying their trade in quiet massage rooms isolated from the rest of the gym's hubbub. A two-story mini gym keeps tykes active in the Kids Club, where they shoot down slides, clamber up and down climbing equipment, and give kisses to punching bags.
The coaches at CrossFit Encounter follow the philosophy of athlete Chris Spealler: "to teach people to move better through practice; to use novelty and intensity to create a fun environment of constant progress; to maintain education as our primary goal for both coaches and clients." That's why they ensure their students have a great time even as they conquer titanic physical struggles. Combining body-weight movements, interval training, and multi-joint weightlifting into unexpected daily workouts, they keep fitness regimens varied and engaging. And their programs include workouts for people of all experience levels, too. While their wards work out, they shouldn't be surprised to see a tiny coach zipping around—the youngest member of the team only deadlifts 35 pounds, but that's not bad for someone born in 2011.