Against the gym's industrial backdrop of red, white, and black, students at CrossFit Clayton hoist and grapple with a stock of functional training equipment—including kettlebells, climbing ropes, pull-up bars, and barbells—to conquer the ever-changing Workout of the Day. Believers that “everyone is an athlete,” certified CrossFit Level 1 instructors channel their former careers as sports players to motivate students through sweat-inducing tapestries that combine fitness modalities such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Aiming for optimal fitness in every aspect, they also offer nutrition guidance.
Though its title may conjure up images of base jumping or spelunking in volcanoes, Xtreme Sports challenges its members to tackle standard recreational activities with intensity. But its coaches and trainers also know that sports and physical activity should be fun, so whether their charges are shimmying to Latin rhythms in a Zumba class, improving athletic prowess during athlete boot camp, or honing teamwork skills during summer camp, they are getting positive reinforcement. This helps the instructors lead both adults and children toward their individual goals of losing weight, improving agility, or bench-pressing family members.
CrossFit Garner's team mixes and matches cardio, gymnastic, resistance, and weightlifting exercises to achieve optimal fitness results. Those exercises feature functional movements performed at a high intensity, preparing participants to face any kind of physical activity safely and skillfully. To keep clients motivated, trainers change routines daily and scale workouts to suit each individual. Trainers also ease everyone into workouts with warmups and ease out of them with cool-down sessions.
Krystal Reynolds always has had a passion for fitness that extended beyond just going to the gym. She learned early on that the secret to sticking to a workout was to vary the routine, as well as to rely on camaraderie and innovation to keep students excited. After melding that blueprint and with her 13 years of experience, Krystal finally had the formula to create Blaze Fit Studio. Krystal has mastered the practice of fusing multiple exercise disciplines together to help transform bodies and keep them running in tiptop shape.
It's hard to become bored during a class at G.I. GYM Bootcamp. That's because its energetic trainers are constantly switching their workouts up, infusing boot-camp-style exercises with rounds of boxing, intervals of weightlifting, and bursts of cardio. Amid bright-green walls and matted floors, the highly trained and certified coaches lead classes in a variety of focuses, including abdominal work, kettlebell exercises, and MMA training. Trainers take advantage of the studio's abundance of functional equipment, supplementing exercises with heavyweight punching bags, massive tractor tires, and sledgehammers. The team also includes a staff nutritionist, who assists students in crafting customized diet plans based on their needs, goals, and favorite flavor of Kool-Aid.
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.