With a pro card from the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation and CrossFit Level 1 certification in his pocket, it's not hard to believe that Corey Paszkiewicz, owner of CrossFit Oak Creek, is a two-time competition winner for Best Abs. His life is rooted in staying fit, and his lifelong pursuit of that goal has made him an expert in the tenets and practice of regular exercise.
Their curriculum at CrossFit Oak Creek incorporates variable, high-intensity workouts that keep muscles on their toes but are scalable to students of any level of experience or physical strength. Their Body Smash classes incorporate circuit training, challenging participants to 35 minutes of high-intensity exercises and short breathing breaks, like the ones swimmers and landfill managers get.
Lined with sky-blue walls and lush green plants, the studio emanates a deep respect for the earth, which staffers honor with a focus on local, organic foods and exercises that require minimal electricity, instead working the body through natural movements. "We were born to be runners; we were born to be strong, to use our muscle, so we learn how to do that the correct way here," says certified personal trainer Nick Lynch, Superb Health's owner. Lynch and his team of trainers and nutrition experts look to early humans to help clients unlock their physical potential, emphasizing getting fit through functional movements that improve strength and endurance in day-to-day activities.
Group classes revolve around functional training, bolstering the entire body with tools such as kettlebells, weighted ropes, and medicine balls. The studio's Adventure Workout thrusts groups into the great outdoors, where they gallop down riverside trails and practice pull-ups on tree branches and the tusks of wooly mammoths. Whether performed in a group or a one-on-one personal-training session, each workout is paired with healthy-eating tips crafted by Lynch and his wife Natalie, a registered nurse, who also leads meal-planning sessions and grocery-store tours to help patrons make healthy choices.
At CrossFit West Allis, Coach Sara, Coach Kyle, and the rest of the crew lead their hard-sweating charges through a battery of functional exercises six days a week. Just as in the military or on a sports team, the group dynamic encourages participants to push themselves?and each other?harder and longer. The Workout of the Day might incorporate deadlifts, gymnastics stretches, or kettlebells on a given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health at every stage of life.
The trainers at CrossFit 100 came to the intense style of exercise through different channels. The founder changed her career path from fashion designer to fitness. One instructor found CrossFit after years of plugging away at a boring gym routine, and another fought crippling back pain with CrossFit. Together, they lead students of all fitness levels through intense, scalable workout programs that make use of full-body, functional fitness techniques using equipment such as sandbags and ropes. And, since the routine is constantly varied, participants avoid plateaus while constantly building strength, endurance, speed, and agility.
Equipment: Barbells, bumper plates, kettlebells, medicine balls, gymnastics rings
Students Should Bring: Separate gym shoes, bottle of water, towel if desired
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: You will be learning many new movements. It's perfectly normal to feel awkward or weird at first.
It doesn't take complicated machines, elaborate schedules, or cybernetic implants to get in shape. All it takes is determination, a plan, and a support system. Oh, and some kettlebells. That's the philosophy behind CrossFit, a no frills workout plan built on clients' drive to improve. After working their way up to the full regimen with the On Ramp program, members of CrossFit Racine begin a high-intensity syllabus of squats and deadlifts, seasoned with a dose of burpees and sandbag intimidating.