In becoming a Pilates instructor, Erin Creagan gave up the ocean for a calm, birch forest. The switch came after countless injuries in her hips and shoulders—the results of swimming in national-level, open-ocean competitions. Erin turned to Pilates as a strengthening regimen, and found that it helped alleviate her symptoms as it toned and slimmed her body. From there, she immersed herself in training. Erin completed an 800-hour certification program, worked at several gyms, and eventually was able to open her own studio.
Breathing Room is a serene, supportive space, with murals of birch trees lining soft brown walls. Reformer machines and mats take up the floor, often in partnership with props like magic circles or small hand weights. During classes, Erin and her staff combine Pilates fundamentals with modern methods to address each client's needs. Mat sessions encompass classical Pilates movements, whereas barre classes incorporate the ballet barre as an exercise tool or a dramatic joust after a fit of rage. The studio also hosts private and semi-private lessons, which allows instructors to craft personalized workouts based on specific goals.
CrossFit Coeur d’Alene's seasoned fitness instructors aim to sculpt whole bodies rather than individual muscle groups with intense and results-oriented group workouts. Bypass the boot camp normally required of all new members and forge ahead into the 30–40 minute CrossFit sessions with an intimate group of up to only 15 fellow students. Trainers brandish their aerobic experience to blueprint pupils' goals and guide them through a versatile combination of sprints, intervals, and endurance-boosting workouts designed to bolster bodies for healthier living and better Conan the Barbarian impersonations at the office. Session work can be individually adjusted according to each participant’s experience level, making CrossFit regimens accessible for everyone from exercise novices to workout gurus who commute to work via marathon. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6 p.m. Check the schedule for upcoming sessions.
In CrossFit Clarity’s workout studio, a collection of free weights, kettlebells, and medicine balls stands ready for use in intense workouts. Daily classes incorporate repetitions of various functional exercises, helping trainees build muscle while burning calories. The intensity of exercises increases over time by adding weights and additional reps.
The term ‘progressive overloading’ could mean a lot of things. At Cutting Edge Pilates, it’s part of Sebastien Lagree’s method—one that they’ve adopted for all their classes, which make use of Lagree’s ProFormer Pilates machine. Progressive overloading, one facet of the training, centers around the idea that muscles can only become stronger once they’ve been broken down, and trainers do so by increasing the intensity of a workout as it goes on. Six days a week, Cutting Edge Pilates’ inspirational trainers lead these classes, pushing students to improve their strength, flexibility, and stamina, while helping to also reduce stress and time that could potentially be spent eating sticks of butter.
Despite their diverse backgrounds—some have served in the armed forces, while others are former gymnasts and dancers—the coaches at Expedition Crossfit all have one thing in common: until now, they’ve never found anything quite like CrossFit. At Expedition, they designed new Workouts of the Day (WODs) each day based on CrossFit’s pillars of varied, functional fitness. Though the workouts constantly change, they often include a mix of exercises that range from running and weightlifting to rowing, plyometrics, cardio, and unconventional techniques such as rope climbing and tire flipping.
Jesse Judd used to fly the skies as a commercial airline pilot, but he returned to the ground in order to help people get fit and stay fit. First, he started the all women Adventure Boot Camp, to help clients break out of boring routines and find fun while exercising. Then, he expanded to found Aventura Fitness, collecting his favorite exercise techniques such as TRX suspension or battle ropes training into one stellar facility. He still teaches through both businesses, keeping class sizes small to provide his customers with plenty of personal attention even in a group setting.