The CrossFit moniker has become a household name, leading some to believe it?s another cookie-cutter franchise. But at each CrossFit gym, the trainers have the freedom to make the fitness phenomena their own. They develop their own workouts and classes while upholding the core principle of the program?challenging patrons with a constantly changing, high-intensity workout based on functional movements. The CrossFit Crystal Lake team brings an array of backgrounds to its brand of CrossFit, which range from mixed martial arts to law enforcement to figure skating.
Instructors commence each of their classes by teaching the correct form for the workout of the day, which varies from day-to-day to stave off burn out. The workouts generally include a blend of gymnastic moves, Olympic weightlifting, and metabolic conditioning. One day, patrons might do lunges across the floor and drop for pushups and sit-ups, and the next they might heave kettlebells, boost barbells over their heads, or challenge a cheetah to a footrace. For an added boost of motivation and accountability. In addition to their daily classes, the Crystal Lake crew also hosts CrossFit challenges and workouts on the beach, which make a great addition to underdog-training montages.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Motivating, highly trained staff and spacious facilities complement Charter Fitness's battalion of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. Huge flat-screen TVs motivate gym-goers as they lift weights, stationary bikes, and their reflections in large mirrors. Seasoned personal trainers who all hold certifications or four-year degrees in their specialty guide members through an initial personal-training session, introducing clients to the best equipment for their fitness goals. After workouts, private showers or public water fountains sluice away sweat.
Ann Waring, the director of Yoga Seva Studio, takes yoga teaching seriously. Her passion drove her to earn multiple certifications from proven yoga masters and attend quarterly trainings. Supported by a team of talented teachers, Ann and her instructors guide students through a blend of demonstration, explanation, and hands-on pose adjustments to help them attain optimal states of fitness and well being. Each of her 70-minute classes blend yoga poses, or asanas, with meditation and breathing techniques that encourage deeper levels of understanding self and this ancient process in a beautiful custom built studio. Over time, Hatha yoga regimens can catalyze weight loss, help relieve chronic pain, and boost flexibility.
Multicolored holds dot the climbing walls inside North Wall, granting visitors a variety of gripping surfaces and seemingly limitless routes during their scaling expeditions. Since 1994, the rock-climbing haven has been beckoning climbing enthusiasts to its sprawling confines, where it offers classes and private lessons for climbers of all abilities. Participants can even join teams, in which they can boost their skills for competitions or leisurely scrambles up the noses on Mt. Rushmore.