At CrossFit Sanction, instructors break fitness success down into three distinct categories. The first is proper technique: the platform for any good fitness regimen. New CrossFitters learn the proper movements the first time they enter the gym, limiting the chance of injury. The second is the effective use of the body's muscle systems––specifically those that allow for fast bursts of speed, long tests of endurance, or powerful feats of strength. Finally, there's mobility: the stretching and calisthenics part of CrossFit that keeps athletes nimble, healthy, and limboing under barbells.
Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Sandy Creps first became acquainted with yoga in her living room—this was in the '90s, when watching videotapes and using chickens as commerce were regularly practiced. Wanting more of a challenge than what she was getting from the video, she began attending classes, and because of the way yoga cleared her mind and balanced her body, she got hooked. Today, Sandy is a registered yoga instructor and teaches gentle yoga, slow flow, and flow classes. She enjoys teaching students of all fitness levels how yoga can increase flexibility, help with weight loss, and increase energy, as well as sharing the knowledge she's gained through exploring local yoga scenes around the country and in Puerto Rico.
Led by instructor Wendie Debnar, classes at Secrets are designed not to just get ladies in shape, but to get them feeling confident and empowered. Primarily offering pole dancing and burlesque classes, the studio also holds courses in yoga, Zumba, boot camp, and the Barre method.
In 2001, founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr began teaching dance classes in her very first studio. A lifetime of choreographing and performing across the United States had prepared her to teach others how to nurture their passion for dance. But an interest in fitness led her to explore mixing ballet and exercise in an effort to bolster her students' health and flexibility while reducing their chance of injury. Now called the Pure Barre method, Carrie’s fitness regime tones the hips, seat, arms, and abs by combining small movements with barre exercises that tone without building bulky muscle. This new regime ignited a fire under her students that soon spread to other studios across the United States. Today, instructors from Alabama to Washington continue to teach Carrie's method, while she continues to refine her techniques and search for the lost city of El Dorado.
An all-female team of fitness and nutrition experts creates a spa-like setting at Elements to help women feel comfortable while working out instead of toiling in a weight-filled warehouse. European-designed "smart" machines use advanced technology to personalize workouts by greeting each member by name, remembering their personal settings and performance, and serving as a digital coach throughout the session. For a more human touch, the center's personal lifestyle coaches develop highly tailored diet and exercise plans for each member, following up with them to provide support, encourage progress, and check for untied shoelaces. After workouts, women can relax in the detoxifying warmth of an infrared sauna or atop the warm, soothing jets of a hydromassage bed.