As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
TThe most experienced Glen-Ed CrossFit. Head coach Greg Skelly has 12,000 hours of fitness coaching since 2008, and has been involved in CrossFit since 2007. CFE boasts a 6000-square foot training facility, with incredible amenities: free childcare, Olympic weightlifting gear by Rogue Fitness, 2 weightlifting coaches, women-only classes, competitor classes, and various specialty seminars & events.
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Our environment is founded on community- competitive athletes, physicians, engineers, students, stay-at-home moms, business owners- who have dedicated themselves to a higher standard of fitness. In our group classes, we connect with each other and push each other to do more than we could ever do on our own!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Dr. Greg Skelly and his wife, Caroline, led CrossFit classes for free in the church and community for a long time while working regular day jobs. Now, they're full-time fitness coaches that inspire and guide their CrossFitters all day, every day.
What do you love most about your job?
The most rewarding thing about what we do at CrossFit Edwardsville is seeing people achieve things they could never do before- a personal best on a lift, a first rope climb, a first unassisted pull-up, a first victory at competition, etc!
Seven days a week, the 1,500-foot facility that is CrossFit 618 gets people moving with workouts of the day and with motivation from personal trainers who lead classes. Their varied, high-intensity workouts help tone bodies while shedding fat, using functional muscle building to take the strain out of everyday movements that might otherwise cause injury. At the end of the day, each workout is intended to help anyone in the community get more fit and the team is there to provide support along each person's evolution.
Our Health Club & Spa corrals a state-of-the-art fitness center and full-service day spa under one roof, helping clients radiate health from the inside out. Weight rooms, a swimming pool, saunas, and a juice bar comprise the physical-focused side of the center, where certified personal trainers monitor form and fitness trainers lead more than 30 classes per week. Pampering is the priority on the spa side, which offers everything from customized therapeutic massages and European facials to gentlemen's pedicures, which skip the polish in favor of a barely perceptible coat of Armor All.
Though the club's focus is mainly on adult activities, kids can flex their growing flippers in one-on-one swimming lessons or socialize with other tykes in a childcare center, where colorful toys spill out from rows of cubbyholes. Seniors will find themselves equally at home at Our Health Club & Spa with arthritis-focuses classes that provide an opportunity to stretch out aches and whirlpools that provide a perfect setting for stage readings of The Caine Mutiny.
Performance Fitness Bootcamp leads adults with a variety of fitness goals and skill levels through 45- to 60-minute training sessions held several times a week. Whether participants want to increase energy, lose weight, or enact elaborate fantasies of becoming a drill sergeant, they'll be challenged and comfortable at the boot camp sessions.
For Fast Fitness Boot Camp’s Chad Skinner, exercise should feel more like play than work, even during intense physical challenges. Filled with obstacle courses, tug-of-war bouts, and games of catch, his 30-minute boot camps summon the fun of grade-school playgrounds even as they push exercisers toward goals and away from lost weekends with the Cookie Monster. Each session pairs cardio activities such as running and hiking with strength-training drills to melt calories and sculpt muscles. In between solo challenges such as pushups, squats, and jumping jacks, participants build friendships during partner activities that foster teamwork and boost energy levels. Personal-training sessions put exercisers up close and personal with Skinner, who coaches them through custom workouts while dispensing exercise tips, nutrition advice, and an abundance of motivation.