Caution CrossFit founder Dominick Maurici believes that CrossFit training is, as he puts it on his website, a “way of life and well being. It’s the fitness that you create out of yourself.” No stranger to the pursuit of physical fitness, Maurici spent his high-school years competing in soccer and football before going on to earn a black belt in tae kwon do. The health benefits and jealous looks he received from bathing-suit mannequins taught him the rewards of training in multiple disciplines. When he found the CrossFit program, he felt right at home with the varied and multidimensional exercise form. He even became a certified CrossFit trainer and went on to compete against other leading instructors across the southwest in the CrossFit Games.
As the Caution CrossFit skull and biohazard logo stares down from the cinder-brick walls of their practice space, Maurici and his team lead students through an ever-changing workout of the day. Full of intensified circuit training, their workouts make use of the facilities multiple rowing machines, Olympic barbells, kettlebells, jump ropes, plyometric boxes, and suspension rings. In keeping with Maurici’s love of training across multiple disciplines, the studio now offers yoga instruction as well.
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.
Safeguard International Group promotes responsible gun ownership by providing safety-oriented training courses within an indoor, air-conditioned setting. The co-founders?each a certified instructor with decades of experience as a law-enforcement professional?personally vetted the entire staff, which includes individuals with extensive military and police backgrounds. Training opportunities include courses that cover fundamental safety techniques, concealed-carry education, and real-world scenarios. In addition to overseeing live-fire practice, the instructors occasionally call upon Simunition technology, used by some military and law-enforcement agencies for realistic training exercises.
Defensive Shooting Instructors' training staff includes Special Forces members, SWAT officials, and intelligence specialists. Drawing from these backgrounds, the highly trained team teaches dozens of public courses that cover everything from pistols to shotguns to hand-to-hand combat. Rather than guiding their students through simple lessons, the instructors run drills that simulate real-world conditions and aim to create safe-yet-intense environments. For firearms training, they travel to local ranges and put shooters through repetitive drills focused on speed, accuracy, and consistency. In addition to civilian instruction, Defensive Shooting Instructors designs courses for law enforcement officers, military members, and deploying journalists. Its staff mans a gun shop.
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.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso?Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America?about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.