At CrossFit Insomnia, certified coaches lead athletes and fitness disciples toward their fitness and wellness goals according to CrossFit’s principles of varied, functional strength. In their gym, which is referred to as the “Box,” classes sweat through a different Workout of the Day (WOD) each day. WODs are always different, but often include exercises that range from weightlifting and running to rowing, kettlebell training, and gymnastics-inspired exercises.
Rowena Brown wakes with a start, bracing herself for the wave of pain created by severe carpal tunnel and debilitating fibromyalgia that had stolen her sleep for years. But the pain doesn’t come. She shakes her head, amazed, again, at the pain's absence. After years of ineffective treatments, it took only six months of Bikram yoga to free her body from the shackles of her disabling ailments. Once she realized the power of the practice, she determined to create her own studio to help others to heal themselves in the way she did. After an intense nine-week training at Bikram’s Yoga College of India, Rowena graduated a certified Bikram teacher, stronger and healthier than ever before.
Now Hot Yoga Therapy LLC helps students of all fitness levels to develop the same heartiness with classes led by knowledgeable instructors in a spacious studio. A giant, 10-foot ceiling fan—which can speak and often tells celebrities "I'm a huge fan"—sends hot air cascading to the odorless, textured-rubber floor as the students flow through a series of 24 poses and two breathing exercises in 90 minutes. The fresh air recirculates every three minutes, allowing beginners and experts to stretch and sweat side by side while breathing well.
If the six styles of black belts around Allen Branch's waist don't announce him as a martial arts pioneer, his title-holding students and roster of MMA classes will. As founder of American Martial Arts Systems, Allen is committed to educating all comers on kickboxing, Krav Maga and other combative disciplines. He has honed his trademark jabs under Joe Lewis—an apprenticeship that puts him one degree of separation away from Bruce Lee, and two away from Mars, god of war. His staff must meet lofty standards before they can receive students: each Krav Maga instructor is black-belt certified, having learned from the same experts who train the Israeli special forces, and Allen's kickboxing cohort is IKF Super Heavy Weight World Champion Josh Tufte.
Though he has set and continually raises the self-defense bar, Allen is also an advanced-level CPT and group fitness instructor who is certified in mat sciences, cross training, kickboxing and the use of kettle bells. There, group classes embrace NASM's Optimum Performance Training model, mixing several types of training into kettlebell, TRX suspension, and weight loss workouts. Programs differentiate their drills from those of the "big box gyms" by incorporating real-life movements and unpredictable routines. The gym is accessible to all ages, scheduling several youth courses on agility, karate, and snapping the man in half when you lose at "Operation".
Owner Sherry Koontz, a 13-year veteran of the US Army, rallies the troops at Creeks Landing Medi-Spa to fight against excess pounds and signs of aging. Under the supervision of a medical director, her experienced staff doles out HCG diet plans, appetite suppressants, and B12 injections to help clients lose stubborn inches. Their Botox and Juvéderm injections work on the beauty end, helping to diminish wrinkles or remove the evidence of using a road map for a pillow.
The team of certified personal trainers at Top Performance Health & Fitness draw from years of diverse fitness and training experience to help clients reach their fitness goals by taking full advantage of the facility’s amenities, which include an indoor running track, a partial football field, free weights, recumbent stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers. In addition to training, they helm a wide range of fitness classes, such as Pilates, cardio kickboxing, and Zumba, within designated classrooms. Sports-performance trainers, meanwhile, design workouts especially for athletes as well as help wide receivers incorporate Tchaikovskian pirouettes into posttouchdown dances.
In a no-fluff gym filled with steel training bars, plywood walls, and black free weights, personal trainers and exercisers work side by side to forge paths to fitness. Jeremy McKenzie, the gym's training coordinator, emboldens his students to chase down their fitness goals by drafting a personalized blueprint. For group classes, staffers pull from a playbook of CrossFit exercise regimens designed to prepare police officers, military special-operations units, and washed-up prop comedians for hostile environments. Traditional training methods mix with Olympic-style weightlifting and kettlebell lifts to build muscle and burn calories. Trainers and their pet kangaroos step into the ring to teach boxing, sparring, and kickboxing basics.