NKC CrossFit's dedicated coaches lead students through intense, constantly varied functional movements, which build cardiovascular and respiratory endurance as well as strength. Coaches strive to help each client surpass their personal best during workouts that change daily, which may include exercises such as lunges, weightlifting, or opening pickle jars using only your teeth.
Though the CrossFit program is well known for its intense exercises, NKC’s coaches ensure that no participant gets left behind. They help each client slowly build up their strength and skills, and thoroughly explain each workout to avoid injuries. They also bolster the effects of their training programs with nutritional counseling, keeping clients from backsliding into old, unhealthy habits.
The team is led by Faithful Fitness KC’s director, David Oquendo, who has been training for six years, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and working with clients aged 16–65 in the process. He and his team work out of their home base at Faithful Fitness—a full-service gym with advanced facilities that include 20 yards of track, lifting areas, and rowing machines. They lead sport-specific training and personalized programs, as well as classes that include boot camp, yoga, suspension training, and metabolic cardio training. The team aims to promote fat loss and leaner muscles while increasing metabolic rates and flexibility.
RAW Fitness co-owners John Jackson and Dani Guerrero understand the challenges of losing weight, as both had struggled with obesity. But through hard work and training, they lost the weight and got in shape, and they hope to help others do the same in a workout space that is a far cry from traditional. Their boot-camp classes forgo treadmills, machines, and mirrors in favor of high-intensity interval training and lifting and moving objects such as giant tires, enabling exercisers to serve on monster-truck-race pit crews.
The martial-arts masters at AKKA Karate USA specialize in kenpo karate, a unique form that builds muscle tone and reflexes in order to use the body’s natural weapons—hands and feet—for self-defense. In addition to kenpo, they also lead classes focused on MMA, tai chi, and weapons training. Often, AKKA holds special events such as tournaments and sparring seminars. In addition to learning self-defense techniques, students also build valuable life skills such as an appreciation for fitness, discipline, and self-confidence.