If Jorge Gurgel looks familiar, it may because you saw him on The Ultimate Fighter 2. The owner of JG MMA Academy and Fitness has been building up his expertise in martial arts ever since he began training in college, which has led to a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and a stint on said reality-show competition. Now, Gurgel harnesses that prowess and shares it during classes alongside his fellow instructors.
During Brazilian jujitsu classes, instructors with black belts in the discipline instill self-defense moves such as joint locks and chokeholds, catering them to a younger audience in kids' jujitsu classes. Muay thai kickboxing zeros in on striking techniques from the elbows and knees, and boxing burns fat and boosts endurance and agility thanks to rapid jabs, punches, and right hooks.
The inside of Blue Ash Strength & Conditioning looks like a jungle gym for adults. Here, people hang from bars of different heights, jump up to gymnastics rings, or flip giant tires through the space. This is a typical CrossFit class, led by experienced trainers who change up the workout routine every day to ensure muscles don't plateau. Their exercises are designed to create well-rounded athletes, and everything that's done can be scaled to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. A typical day at Blue Ash can bring any number of unforeseen challenges, from running around outside to hurling medicine balls.
Helping a friend move. Spryly climbing stairs. Jogging with the dog. To the trainers at LivFit Nutrition and CrossFit Anax, physical fitness is all about increasing your day-to-day functionality. To that end, they lead a daily-changing regimen of classes that focus on strengthening everyday movements, such as running, lifting, pushing, and waving away pollsters on the street. Instead of overseeing armadas of elliptical machines or treadmills, they engage patrons in games of toss with medicine balls and send them sprinting, heaving kettlebells, and dropping for push-ups. They mix up activities each session to stave off the boredom of repetition, keeping everyone involved and meeting their fitness goals. These trainers know, though, that total body fitness is only possible with a nutritious diet, so they also guide their monthly members to better eating habits with monthly check-ins.
Squatting, lifting, and running are everyday occurrences for people going about their busy lives, but Calibrated CrossFit’s trainers shed a new light on the functional movements. Their CrossFit classes weave high-intensity versions of the moves into daily-changing routines, which work the body differently every day to avoid fitness plateaus. Augmented by nutritional guidelines, the classes sculpt muscles quickly and efficiently.
Every day at ELMNTL Fitness is different. Workouts that change daily keep participants engaged while also challenging different areas of the body, so as to safely build muscle and shed pounds without over-exerting specific physical zones. The program's functional exercises are based on everyday movements, to help condition the body to prevent injury and burn calories.
You wouldn't know it by looking, but CrossFit Superfly's beginnings were humble. Today, modern rowing machines, a complete rack, and barbells by the dozen populate the space, but Superfly's origins can be found in a simple garage with some space heaters and a tree stump. Brian Miller and his crew of coaches fought to make their dream a reality, and today the gym espouses the tenets of CrossFit to legions of elite athletes, mothers, grandfathers, international tree-stump enthusiasts, and everyone in between. Every participant benefits from CrossFit's scalable workouts, designed to breed a high degree of fitness across a number of domains?among them endurance, strength, power, and speed?all of which can pay dividends elsewhere in life.