Most gyms strive to tone their customers. The Training Pit goes one step further. Its instructors try to build entire communities of healthy flexers that extend beyond the gym and into the streets. How they do it is easy?even if the exercise regiment isn't. CrossFit-certified coaches motivate all who enter, from athletes seeking bigger biceps to newbies with no-ceps, in an open, bare-bones atmosphere devoid of fancy machines but well-suited for bonding. During scalable CrossFit-training sessions, students endure running, weightlifting, and gymnastic drills typically designated for Olympic athletes and firemen, creating the chummy feeling that The Training Pit is sharing a secret with them. Adding to that community-building ethos, students share exercise goals together, rather than fight over a pile of meat, to help motivate each other toward success.
The instructors at The Training Pit CrossFit share a simple, yet somewhat radical belief. They believe that someone working out for the first time should learn and participate in the same drills that help Olympic athletes get into shape. The only distinction worth considering is the degree of intensity.
Following this logic, they have designed a roster of CrossFit workouts that can accommodate participants at all levels of fitness. Such workouts help groups build camaraderie by stressing shared goals rather than competition. An average class might involve any number of workout activities, from weightlifting and gymnastics to sprinting and car throwing.
Zumba is a high-energy fitness program that combines Latin-inspired music and worldly dance moves, infusing the infectious flavors of cumbia, reggaeton, flamenco, and the watusi. With an exercise form that eschews bulky, rigid exercise machines for organic dance moves and booty-moving beats, Zumba students get a fun full-body workout that targets major muscle groups and can burn hundreds of calories in each 60-minute session.
At Dynamic Family Martial Arts and Fitness, the team of instructors shepherds students from novice level to expert level in various styles of karate. Rob Hartman, the head instructor and a fourth-degree black belt, teaches American?kenpo, a self-defense system more powerful than building a replica Great Wall of China just north of your house.?Aaron Rajman is the in-house mixed martial arts coach, incorporating Brazilian jujitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, submission wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing into his lessons. Yoshihiko Shinzato, meanwhile, draws on 41 years of experience while teaching shorin ryu karate, a style known for its natural breathing breathing?and its?curved, not-perfectly-direct?movements.?
Select classes focus more on fitness than karate mastery, too, such as?Charlie Morgan's WKF fitness kickboxing.?And Tammi Hartman, a third-degree Reiki master and holistic health counselor, helps students lead healthier lifestyles through nutrition advice and healing practices, while also serving as director of after school services.
After her third child was born, fitness professional Kim Goodman knew she needed a new way to stay fit. She eventually found the inspiration she hoped for right under her nose: her baby. With a little experimenting, she created a workout regimen that allowed her to bond with her baby while burning calories. Many of the exercises are built around simple things most new mothers have on hand, like their own body, stability balls, and, yes, a baby.
And so Mommycise Fitness came to be, with classes designed for expectant mothers and those with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Her 60-minute regimen combines fat-burning intervals, strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and stretching. Mothers and children get to enjoy close contact during class while doing mutually safe exercises, designed with the post-natal body in mind. Kim warns moms to dress to exercise?the class summons up a good sweat?and to bring any baby gear they need with them. Mommycise Fitness provides all the other necessary pieces of workout equipment, including yoga mats and light weights.
After stints at Bally Total Fitness and Gold’s Gym, trainer John Nittolo founded his own exercise emporium, The Edge Fitness, almost a decade ago. Its fitness programs range from boot-camp classes held on the beach to workout sessions held at John's appointment-only training studio and are tailored like a six-and-a-half-fingered glove to suit participants’ unique skill levels. Self-defense instruction is also available for both men and women and the staff complements workout courses with wellness and nutrition education.