Jefferson City CrossFit's minimalistic approach to fitness is evident in its sparse 1,700-square-foot studio, aptly dubbed "The Box". In lieu of complicated cardio and strength machines, it holds barbells, pull-up bars, and medicine balls—all of the back-to-basics essentials that make CrossFit such a challenging workout. From the novice exerciser to the seasoned athlete, these fitness tools work to sculpt muscles and burn calories quickly during ever-changing workouts of the day.
ABsolute Fitness makes it easy for exercisers to work fitness into their schedules. Not only is this full-service gym open 24 hours a day, but it's also stocked with weightlifting and cardio equipment. Classes are held throughout the week and include PrimaLift and yoga.
Though the instructors and music selections rotate at My Hot Yoga, guests can bank on a steady temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This warmth is less cloying than it is liberating, loosening muscles so that students can ease into more pronounced poses during class. It also encourages a cleansing sweat, clears the mind, and boosts heart rates, providing a more focused substitute for traditional cardio workouts such as running or blinking very fast. Sessions range from the Vinyasa flow sequences of Hot 60 to the long holds of Deep Stretch, and they?re suited for all ages and fitness levels. This flexibility is what fuels the staff's overarching mission: to turn a hobby into a personalized lifestyle choice. Instructors further promote a comfortable, custom atmosphere by modifying poses and even allowing guests to submit song requests.
The instructors at CrossFit - Springfield know their workouts take a little getting used to. Students rarely walk in with perfect form on the clean and jerk or the endurance to repeatedly launch medicine balls into the air. With this in mind, instructors lead free introductory classes twice a week to familiarize new guests with CrossFit. During high-intensity workouts throughout the week, the gym fills with the snap of jump ropes, the clatter of free weights, and the idling of airliners waiting to be pulled somewhere. Classes blend plyometrics and exercises on parallel bars with Olympic lifts, including the power clean and the deadlift. Workouts are scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant and are led by a dynamic collection of instructors, including ER nurses, college-football stars, Marines, and competitive kickboxers.
For an Air Force veteran, Eric Green is awfully comfortable straying into unfamiliar territory. Stationed in Florida, Green took up the practice of reiki, a healing method that deals with a subject that's fascinated him since adolescence: the flow of energy. Today, as a certified Reiki Master, Green practices Usui and Tibetan-style reiki, using strategic hand positions to relax the body, diminish stress, and promote overall health. Green customizes his reiki treatments for each client, sometimes relying on Hayashi hand positions, sometimes turning to hands-off techniques, and sometimes chit-chatting about his old scoutmaster, Mr. Tim, if the client was in his old scout troop and remembers Mr. Tim. Green also offers training for all levels of reiki, including Reiki Master.
In the early hours of the morning, runners line up to dash through the streets, across the bridges, and along the train tracks of Springfield in a rigorous race designed by the Missouri State University Army ROTC. Along the demanding 12.4K course, runners encounter more than a dozen obstacles that make use of the city?s landscape, carefully hurdling over an urban mine field and breaking codes to advance in the event. At the conclusion of the race, participants with winning times receive awards. A portion of the proceeds go toward the National Military Family Association, a nonprofit organization that assists military members and their families with emotional and financial support.