When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
A virtual United Nations of self-defense, Infinite Fighting Concepts teaches Brazilian jujitsu, muay thai kickboxing, Israeli krav maga, Japanese judo, and good old American boxing, kickboxing, and MMA all under one roof. Mats abound in the 6,000-square-foot facility, transforming more than two-thirds of the space into a fighting arena complete with boxing rings and mixed-martial-arts cage panels. A fully equipped weight room consumes the rest of the space, with an arsenal of speed bags, climbing ropes, and weightlifting equipment. Group classes led by the center’s accredited instructors teach various fighting techniques to wannabe Jean-Claude Van Dammes before setting them loose to safely spar with one another. For those just looking to break a sweat, Infinite Fighting Concepts offers boot-camp classes amped up with striking drills. Kids aged 6 or older can bolster their health and self-esteem during jujitsu classes for their age group, take on boxing lessons at age 10, or head to the onsite playroom to unwind with a movie, video game, and the latest edition of Forbes.
Equipment: TRX/RipCore, Kettlebells, sandbag, tires, pullup, med balls, dumbbells
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel and a smile
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Three days a week. Will see results in a month. Come prepared to work hard and have fun. You'll make friends.
Form is king at Crossfit Hardshells. Before anyone lifts a barbell or swings a kettlebell, they take introductory classes that teach the proper way to do so. And just because they graduate to regular CrossFit classes doesn't mean that the trainers stop paying attention. Rather, the staff adjusts weight amounts, reps, and the number of people sitting on your shoulders to ensure that everyone is equally challenged. Their workouts change daily to include a mix of high-intensity functional movements, performed with equipment such as ropes, plyometric boxes, and pull-up bars.
Whether in small groups or one-on-one, the trainers at Crossfit Metro Center manufacture new muscles using its namesake workout, CrossFit. The fitness craze exploded in gyms thanks to its reputation of sculpting the physique of a competitive athlete in the average Joe. Though each unique workout can be modified to meet any fitness level, its blend of functional movements and high-intensity exercises are designed to work up a sweat and trigger rapid change.