Inside Centennial Crossfit's 5,000-square-foot training space, a muscle-bound cadre of certified Level 1 coaches stands ready to welcome any exerciser willing to huff, puff, and sweat their way toward better health. These trainers guide participants through each Workout of the Day, an ever-changing exercise routine designed to build a broad base of fitness that can be applied in other areas of life, such as being someone else's chair. On any given day, the workout might draw from exercises normally associated with any number of other sports or activities, including Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or martial arts. Since the exercises are scalable?meaning they can be adjusted to fit everyone from senior citizen beginners to elite athletes?all students who exert themselves can expect improvements in physique and general physical fitness.
At CrossFit Unbroken, visitors immerse themselves in challenging, ever-changing WODs, or Workouts of the Day, which are designed to build strength and agility while spurring weight loss. Routines constantly rotate to keep participants from getting bored and fleeing the building to chase the ice cream truck. Classes may include kettlebell swings, pullups, 400-meter dashes, burpees, squats, and lunges. The arduous nature of the workouts also helps to boost camaraderie between members, an aspect not always found at traditional gyms.
The coaches at CrossFit Encounter follow the philosophy of athlete Chris Spealler: "to teach people to move better through practice; to use novelty and intensity to create a fun environment of constant progress; to maintain education as our primary goal for both coaches and clients." That's why they ensure their students have a great time even as they conquer titanic physical struggles. Combining body-weight movements, interval training, and multi-joint weightlifting into unexpected daily workouts, they keep fitness regimens varied and engaging. And their programs include workouts for people of all experience levels, too. While their wards work out, they shouldn't be surprised to see a tiny coach zipping around?the youngest member of the team only deadlifts 35 pounds, but that's not bad for someone born in 2011.
Koko FitClub condenses the expertise and guidance of an entire gym's worth of instructors into a tiny device, which accompanies club members to their workout stations. These minuscule e-coaches begin each session with a FitCheck analysis that privately diagnoses a member's body fat and lean muscle tissue percentage. Using the result of the FitCheck, the digital training system creates a customized strength and cardio plan, and a nutrition program to support it. They machines even provide guidance at each station, prescribing proper form, pace, and when you are ready to pull off a muscle tank top. All of this training is effectively crammed into a 30-minute visit, and results are posted online for members to peruse in the form of quick, handy numbers or progress-tracking charts.
CrossFit has always been about functional movement. While most people don't have much call for lifting massive tires, heaving weighted ropes, and leaping onto raised platforms outside of the CrossFit studio, the exercises help folks avoid injury and conserve energy during mundane tasks, such as toting around heavy groceries or competing on Double Dare.
But folks cannot live on CrossFit alone. That's why Fit Society of Colorado?originally founded as a CrossFit gym?quickly expanded its reach to offer a whole spectrum of services devoted to wellness. After a characteristically intense and varied CrossFit workout, members might wind down with a Swedish or sports massage; if something seems off down the road, they can book an appointment with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, nutritional consultant, or life coach.
The breadth of Fit Society's offerings is partly a reflection of its head coach and cofounder, Adam Lauber: the CrossFit expert is also a personal trainer, massage therapist, and consultant with athletic-performance specialists Athlete Cell. To help fill in what little gaps remain, his fellow trainers lead boot camps, dance fitness, and yoga sessions, making the center so well-rounded that staff have to take turns keeping it from rolling down the hill.
Speed. Strength. Endurance. Powerhouse Strength & Conditioning helps exercisers achieve fitness goals like these during personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, which simulate exercising in a hall of mirrors. Owner and fitness coach Tom Leonard draws from more than 15 years of experience when working with athletes or everyday clients.