Following the CrossFit ethos, Rocklin CrossFit designs high-intensity workouts that build strong, resilient bodies. Depending on their fitness level, participants may begin the muscle-manufacturing process with exercises that use only their body weight, such as squats, pushups, and tonguestands. As tone and technique improve, trainers tack on tonnage with the sonorous bells, dumb, and kettle bars, as well as plyometric boxes and medicine balls. Cardio blasters such as rowing, running, and rope jumping are also indigenous to workouts.
Many people are stalked by monsters in their nightmares, but participants in the Oz Endurance Monster Run are stalked by them during their waking life. They start their race on-road before meandering into a network of park trails, pursued by ghouls, monsters, and the most terrifying prospect of all: extroverted squirrels. The hordes attempt to “kill” runners by dousing them in colored water gun spray. At the race’s close, officials dole out awards to both “The Living” and “The Dead,” and tired racers can kick back in the park’s amphitheater for snacks and a horror- movie screening. A portion of the proceeds benefits local high-school and collegiate theater programs.
During your two-month membership ($78) at Anytime Fitness, you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space with the gym's HDTV monitors. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating personal trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during two personal-training sessions ($50 each). When you've finished sculpting your flesh-statue, purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private restrooms and showers.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Several years ago, fitness fanatics Kalene Smith and Shannon Dykman came to the realization that traditional methods of personal training were lacking. So, in 2011, they took it upon themselves to transform the training approach. The result was GoTimeTraining, an 3,000-square foot studio where Kalene, Shannon, and their team of personal trainers reshape lives with personalized one-on-one lifestyle transformation programs, small group training, and bootcamp classes. But instead of relying on industry gimmicks, such as fad diets or pills that release helium into muscles, the GoTime team emphasizes a healthy, sustainable approach to improving overall lifestyle. It follows through with that mantra by packaging nutritional guidance and lifestyle coaching with every one of its fitness programs.
Although Rogue Personal Training's nationally certified trainers hail from slightly different educational backgrounds—kinesiology, physical education, exercise science, et al.—they share a common skill: helping people get in shape. That skill pays off during Rogue's personal and group training sessions and boot-camp classes. There, exercisers meet resistance from primitive fitness tools, whipping battle ropes, flipping tires, and doing jumping jacks to scare away predators. The fitness studio also features an astroturf field for sprints and agility drills.