Rafael Moret helps his clients to see dramatic changes in their bodies through furious 45-minute workouts that challenge their strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility. Classes capped at 20 students incorporate TRX rowing motions, fierce mountain-climber kicks, and plank positions designed to build rock-hard cores. Students stay motivated thanks to the support of their peers, squeezing out sets of pushups and squats in unison. Rafael helps to streamline success with detailed nutritional counseling and access to products such as protein bread, made from natural yeast and lumberjack tears.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Based on empirical research and used by professional athletes, including the Florida Marlins, the CrossFit program propels its practitioners toward extreme fitness. CrossFit 101 is a set of eight classes with a no-nonsense but accommodating attitude—all exercises can be modified to take physical limitations into account.
Combat is a combination of art and science, one that requires creative and critical thinking in equal measure. It also happens to require its practitioners to be in peak physical condition, which is why the trainers at Paladin MMA Academy equip their students with the skills needed to excel in all fields. The trainers combine strategy-focused MMA classes with fitness-focused offerings such as cross-training and kickboxing. They teach students of every age, using focus mitts and punching bags to impart the basics to beginners and kids. They also challenge more advanced practitioners with a training circuit that moves from standing striking fighting styles to standing grappling, and finally ground grappling in three-round rotations.
Outside of the matted arena, Paladin MMA Academy houses a slew of workout equipment designed to help build muscle and increase agility. Weight-training equipment and standing punching bags line the walls. And several stations are flanked by massive tractor tires, which trainees can use to either bolster leg strength or jumpstart a career in agricultural science.
At Iron Temple CrossFit, classes involving Olympic lifting require participation in OnRamp, a four-class series designed to introduce exercisers to the high-intensity art of CrossFit and its many moves. After passing the introduction—or bypassing it with enough prior experience—students can enlist in regular CrossFit classes, which aim to quickly carve muscle and flatten unwanted curves with a routine performed at each participant’s highest level. Although workouts change daily, trainers often incorporate a series of squats, dead-lifts, pull-ups, and box jumps, taking full advantage of the 7,000-square-foot facility. Each class caps attendance at 20 participants so that each student is ensured ample attention from trainers and a partner for the traditional postclass square dance.
CrossFit MiaLife promises a lot from its CrossFit and boot-camp programs—namely, "knowledge, strength, speed, agility, balance, power, coordination, endurance and flexibility," according to its website. In return, it requires that its clients have the drive and determination to push themselves in intense, ultra-diverse workouts. In line with CrossFit principles, those workouts rely on movements you'll use in everyday life, not just when you have to wind up the little key in the middle of your back every six months. Members who stick with the program will find themselves a little more fit and athletically well rounded every time they return to the rings, bars, and weights of CrossFit MiaLife's 9,000-square-foot facility.