Inside Lakeside CrossFit, you won't hear any drill-sergeant screams or look-at-me demonstrations of ego. What you will hear are enthusiastic words of support and encouragement from the Level 1-certified trainers who lead classic CrossFit routines. Their aim is, of course, to produce fitness results for every person who walks in the door, from the Olympic rower to the folks new to the gym who just want to take charge of their physical fitness.?But even more than that, they want to keep people safe, which is why they closely watch form and technique while exercisers row, run, power-lift, and generally push themselves to improved overall health.
Larissa Anderson may look young, but she's already enjoyed opportunities that older yogis would bend over backwards for. The owner and senior instructor at Firehouse Hot Yoga completed her training in 2003, and by 2004 was already invited to judge the Southern California Regional Yoga Competition. From 2006?2007 she honed her skills as an instructor at the prestigious Bikram International World Headquarters in Los Angeles, before entering the championship circuit herself and taking home a second-place finish in the Washington regional competition.
Finally establishing a studio she can call home, Anderson welcomes yogis of all levels to stretch their limits in 105-degree heat, which encourages muscles to stretch, pores to oust toxins, and penguins to hold dance practice somewhere else. Each session explores a sequence of 26 Hatha poses performed in a deliberate order with breathing exercises designed to strengthen the body and usher oxygen to its extremities.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: USA gymnastics
Pro Tip: Be sure to call and register for the correct level of class ahead of time, as space is limited.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Gymnastics
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I started gymnastics when I was young and then started coaching, as I loved the sport and didnt want to leave it. I opened my own gym 11 years ago and have loved working with children. We are a non-competitive gym because I feel, after competing myself as a child, that too many hours in the gym isn't healthy. But gymnastics is a great sport. It helps in every other sport and is fun.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
That we are a non-competitive gym with seven Exhibition teams that perform at schools. The teams ... range in age from five years old through High School.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Myself and several staff members are USA gymnastics members and have been to USA national congress several times. [We are] also first aid and CPR certified.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our gym is a fun, and we teach in a loving and fun atmosphere. We love all children regardless of their age, size, or skill level.
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