After spending years immersed in the fitness and athletic industries, Ernesto McLaurin and Kim Brutzman had grown weary of the monotonous exercise equipment found in large corporate gyms. On their search for a more substantial form of fitness free from bulky machines, the two trainers fell in love with the CrossFit program’s high-energy, functional-movement-based workout routines, eventually joining forces to form CrossFit El Paso in 2006. They stuff their Eastside and Westside locations with simple resistance-training equipment, free weights, and kettlebells, conducting CrossFit classes throughout the week with the help of certified instructors. In addition to leading rigorous CrossFit workouts, they provide students with nutritional guidance and host regular health seminars. They also offer a FemmeFit class, where women and male comedians in convincing makeup can practice CrossFit workouts specifically designed for the female body.
Though Encore Crossfit’s certified trainers come from diverse athletic backgrounds—Fernanda Magaña is a personal trainer and weightlifter, and Cristobal Chavez is a professional gymnast and martial artist—they have one thing in common: a passion for the CrossFit program's blend of varied, functional movements. Workouts change from day to day, but often incorporate running, jumping, pressing objects over the head, deadlifting, and rowing—all deemed "functional" exercises because they focus on movements that the body does naturally. In their expansive fitness center, barbells, pull-up bars, kettlebells, and plyo boxes take the place of typical gym staples such as cardio machines and cardboard cutouts of Mr. T. Each workout of the day (WOD) is scalable to suit any level of fitness, and instructors further help their clients reach fitness goals with nutrition guidance.
Though Eddie Bravo initially moved to LA to pursue his career in the music industry, he soon found himself on a series of other paths. The musician, comedy writer, and author first began training in brazilian jujitsu simply as a means to stay in shape. After honing his skills training and competing, he popularized a style of jujitsu in which fighters grapple opponents without wearing the traditional gi, bringing a series of new movements and holds to the combat art. His vision has now led to the development of more than 20 worldwide schools under the umbrella of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu. He and his fellow instructors lead students through the practical self-defense techniques, which are akin to wrestling, only with the goal of making opponents submit instead of pinning them and then gently lulling them to sleep with bedtime stories.
The trainers at Crossfit Tierra say, "Our specialty is not specializing." And they're right—that's the beauty of the CrossFit system. It takes elements of Olympic lifting, gymnastics, cardio, and resistance training and wraps them into one package. That results in inclusiveness, allowing anyone of any skill level and with any fitness goal to participate in CrossFit. The trainers keep workouts accessible, offering beginners fundamental classes as well as women-only sessions. The exercise program preps students for every kind of physical activity imaginable, and is also scalable to each student's ability level. Workouts can include anything from flipping tractor tires to tossing medicine balls and performing lunges. The mix of constantly varied, high-intensity movements ensures every muscle group is worked.
The Mind Body Studio's instructors believe that physical and mental balance can be achieved at varying speeds. From the slow, deliberate poses of hot yoga to the lively, energized dance steps of Zumba, their fitness programs forge an increased connectivity between muscles and minds. The certified instructors correct students' Pilates positioning aboard mats and Reformers, and Active Isolated Stretching sessions help them ease tension in connective tissues. The group and private classes accommodate guests of all skill levels.