The trainers at CrossFit 100 came to the intense style of exercise through different channels. The founder changed her career path from fashion designer to fitness. One instructor found CrossFit after years of plugging away at a boring gym routine, and another fought crippling back pain with CrossFit. Together, they lead students of all fitness levels through intense, scalable workout programs that make use of full-body, functional fitness techniques using equipment such as sandbags and ropes. And, since the routine is constantly varied, participants avoid plateaus while constantly building strength, endurance, speed, and agility.
A former German native and professional soccer player, Andreas Davi, takes the helm at German Fit, where he specializes in building strength in students of all ages. Specialty classes help kids aged 10 and older work on their endurance and instill in them an appreciation for cumulative results based on hard work. Adults take part in both personal-training sessions and group classes, which use dynamic exercises to target specific areas of the body. No matter the class, the focus on speed and agility give students the chance to train like professional athletes.
Founded by chiropractors specializing in sports medicine, The Fusion Gym combines corrective and functional exercises into a 12-week workout program that has been dubbed IN*Fused. Each week, the gym's coaches focus on a specific body area or fitness skill such as core, agility, or car-door-slamming. To complement the program, The Fusion Gym offer nutrition coaching, wellness services, and a seven-point functional-movement screening.
Elite Sports Club started as an all-tennis facility, but over the years has netted a larger variety of fitness activities and services to create multi-purpose, family-oriented clubs. Elite's large facilities house high-end cardio and weight equipment such as LifeFitness, Cybex, Paramount, Matrix, Star Trac, and Precor machines, basketball/sport courts, and Pilates and GRAVITY studios (GRAVITY training encourages organic movement and exercise by using the body’s own weight as resistance). Elite's classes and group training vary by club location, but include Pilates, Body Blitz Boot Camp, Women on Weights, triathlon training, and a miscellany of junior fitness classes to teach youngsters the importance of health, nutrition, and not acting their shoe size. All locations grant their members free tennis-court time from June through August, and all can provide daycare services.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneakers to treadmills or lift their first weights, staff meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting personalized fitness plans based on clients' strength, cardio condition, and bionic-limb manufacturers. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthful eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Staff also forestall exercise-routine boredom by working individually with clients on a routine basis.
As they enter the training circle 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, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute 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.
In 2014, Curves partnered with celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels to design a new take on its traditional circuit. These workouts incorporate functional bodyweight exercises?each with modifications?into the existing sequence, providing a slightly more intense gym experience intended to jump-start metabolisms while still forging lean, toned muscles.