CrossFit has always been about functional movement. While most people don't have much call for lifting massive tires, heaving weighted ropes, and leaping onto raised platforms outside of the CrossFit studio, the exercises help folks avoid injury and conserve energy during mundane tasks, such as toting around heavy groceries or competing on Double Dare.
But folks cannot live on CrossFit alone. That's why Fit Society of Colorado?originally founded as a CrossFit gym?quickly expanded its reach to offer a whole spectrum of services devoted to wellness. After a characteristically intense and varied CrossFit workout, members might wind down with a Swedish or sports massage; if something seems off down the road, they can book an appointment with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, nutritional consultant, or life coach.
The breadth of Fit Society's offerings is partly a reflection of its head coach and cofounder, Adam Lauber: the CrossFit expert is also a personal trainer, massage therapist, and consultant with athletic-performance specialists Athlete Cell. To help fill in what little gaps remain, his fellow trainers lead boot camps, dance fitness, and yoga sessions, making the center so well-rounded that staff have to take turns keeping it from rolling down the hill.
At The Ballet Physique, they believe that you don't have to be a dancer to look like one. Their fresh approach to barre fitness is a total body workout accessible to students of all fitness levels. Each class combines strength training, cardio, Pilates, and classical ballet techniques such as ripping a tutu in half with your bare hands. Seasoned instructors enhance the workout experience with individualized attention and innovative choreography to sculpt and tone the entire body.
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.
At CrossFit Terra Nova, owners Jennifer Boaz and Roberto Martinez lead platoons of enthusiastic exercisers as they crunch, squat, and sprint their way to better health. Each visit to the gym comes with a new workout, complete with a unique assortment of functional exercises each day to build broad-based fitness. The gym prides itself on an inclusive environment for anyone ready to flip truck tires, pump out push-ups, and challenge themselves to improve.
At Axistence Athletics, you're just as likely to lift a barbell as you are to hunker down in a bear crawl. The gym has a pick-and-choose approach to its workouts: pick what works from various fitness styles, and combine them into a new regimen. Their CrossFit/MovNat classes are a prime example. They blend CrossFit lifts and drills with movements that have real-life relevance?you might balance, jump, climb, crawl, and throw during a single class, just as you might need all those skills to be the first to use the office microwave. And because the student-to-trainer ratio never rises above 7:1, you'll have personalized guidance the whole time.
The gym wouldn't have such a diverse exercise program without its two leading men, Dan Jimenez and Ryan Humphries. Their combined resumes speak to their experience in several fitness fields, including TRX, CrossFit, NASM, Taekwondo, and military training. Aside from being an Eagle Scout, Dan is also a certified wilderness first responder, and his passion for nature drives specialized outdoor courses. Students can learn how to backpack, how to survive outside of civilization, and how to navigate using the detailed maps that grow naturally in moss.
In yoga, the warrior poses demand strength and a sense of inner calm in order to hold the position?challenging the mind while testing physical ability. This dual challenge is the inspiration for Scott Anderson?s Warrior Academy Yoga (WAY) studio, an institution of learning where he encourages his ?warriors? (also known as students) to remember that practicing yoga is about much more than getting a great workout. While there are plenty of physical benefits from the WAY classes, which combine ashtanga and vinyasa yoga practices, they?re also designed to calm mind and spirit. Set to eclectic music in warm?not hot?rooms, classes combine fast-paced vinyasa moves with cooling sequences that target belly muscles for more body elasticity and range of motion.