Nearly every day of the week, CrossFit Decoded's 5,600-square-foot facility swells with the huffs and puffs of achievement, as groups push through CrossFit's intense, constantly varied workouts. Amid the clatter of equipment and grunts of determination, CrossFit Decoded strives to create a fun, community-based environment open to all levels of exercisers. A go-at-your-own-pace approach encourages students to reach for their goals at a comfortable rate, and the workouts of the day ensure each session offers something new.
Driven by a passion for Kundalini music, GuruGanesha Singh founded the label Spirit Voyage Music as a haven for himself and the many musicians with whom he worked. The demand for his music proved to be high, the business quickly outgrew his garage, and Karan Khalsa and Hargobind Singh took over the full recording and distribution businesses.
The label now organizes celebratory festivals of Kundalini yoga and music across the country, naming them after their first employee, Sat Nam Kaur, who helped the organization blossom in its infancy. Spirit Voyage’s online store sends music, yoga DVDs, books, and apparel across the country to those who can't get to the festivals because of distance or the inability to teleport.
During Zephrin Augustine’s more than 10 years as a coach and athlete, he earned an array of nicknames that ranged from St. Augustine to Whomp Whomp. The most appropriate name for Augustine nowadays, however, is CEO. As the founder and head of Next Level Sports & Fitness, he draws on his strong fitness background—which includes a college football career at the University of Florida—to whip bodies into shape, aided by certified personal trainer Dimetress Barnwell. The duo specializes in boot-camp-style workouts, whose ever-changing cocktails of cardio, strength, and plyometric moves banish boredom more effectively than workouts that end with a fun fact about sweat. Held outside when weather permits, their dynamic fitness regimens melt away excess weight and tone physiques, enhancing the abilities of exercise newbies and decorated athletes alike.
Gold's Gym's amiable staff oversee an army of fitness amenities well equipped to spice up tedious workouts. Cardio equipment and resistance machines work together to burn calories, tone muscles, and tag-team unwitting video-game bosses. For human camaraderie, group fitness classes corral exercisers into sessions that deploy styles such as Pilates ($4/session), GroupCycling ($3/session), and Zumba (no extra charge). Add variety with an intense hour of BodyCombat (no extra charge), which torches calories with martial-arts fighting moves, or BodyPump (no extra charge), which wields weighted devices such as barbells and prize pumpkins to build lean muscle.
For group and self-guided workouts in a supportive, friendly environment, exercisers head to C-Fitness: Ladies Workout. The mirror-lined facilities give women of all ages, skill levels, and body types a place to get their hearts pumping, not only through independent exercise but through Zumba, yoga, barre, and other classes taught by skilled instructors. The teachers?Christina, Chelsea, Rose, Riley, and Dawn?might even take groups outside, setting the rigor of a group fitness against a scenic backdrop.
The encouraging instructors at Inspired Fitness Studio help their clients get in shape and have fun at the same time. Many classes incorporate elements of dance. In Zumba, students groove to Latin rhythms and perform everything from hip-hop to salsa-style choreography. In Barre Blast, instructors draw inspiration from ballet to help groups sculpt long, toned muscles. Inspired Fitness Studio limits the size of its group classes, so each student receives ample personal attention.