The gym looks like equal parts Olympic training facility and old warehouse?here, exercisers hoist themselves up rows of pull-up bars, grunt around a collection of kettlebells, and hop through jump-rope routines. On a power-lifting platform, a lifter explodes from a squat, hoisting a plate-loaded bar up to his shoulders and then dropping under it to catch the weight over his head. Elsewhere, athletes do dips on gymnast rings and build a sweat on rowing machines.
This low-tech setting is typical of all true CrossFit gyms. Though the equipment may be basic, the results are not: CrossFit workouts develop all measures of physical fitness?from power to cardiovascular endurance?through workouts that are broad, general, and inclusive. This approach is often described as specializing in not specializing: it develops physical fitness in ways equally beneficial to everyone, from professional mixed martial artists and police officers to weekend softball players.
CrossFit gyms typically start clients in a foundational program where trainers teach the basic movements, such as the squat, dead lift, and pull-up. Every exercise is scalable to a version that clients can complete?a pull-up, for example, can be scaled back to a negative pull-up, a static hang, or body-weight row with gymnast rings. It can also be scaled to a more challenging version, such as the kipped pull-up. After students learn CrossFit's basic movements, they move on to open group classes, which follow the ever-changing WOD, or Workout of the Day. These workouts are short and intense, and they foster camaraderie through frequent team circuits. In addition to supervising WOD class, trainers coach members on nutrition, advocating a caveman-style diet of low-glycemic carbohydrates, monounsaturated fats, and lean proteins such as raptor meat.
Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Jorge Gonzalez, MD, Elase Medical Spas' team rejuvenates clients with medical-grade laser procedures, skin treatments, and cosmetic injectables. As an academy for laser technicians, Elase unleashes an arsenal of advanced laser equipment upon a host of epidermal conditions. Sagging visages spring back to a more youthful state after laser skin tightening with a Candela ND:YAG laser, which helps rebuild the collagen and elastin scaffolding that keeps skin supple and plump, and supports the body's crew of construction guys. Laser hair removal eradicates unwanted strands, VelaShape helps firm up physiques with radio-frequency energy, and vein therapy reduces the appearance of veins on the face and legs.
Elase also offers treatments that tackle problem areas without a light show, such as cosmetic injectables—including Botox, Radiesse, and Restylane—which relax or plump up wrinkled areas. Alternatively, medical facials swathe skin in clinical-grade salves selected according to each skin's type and astrological sign.
Orlando Fit Body Bootcamp's trainers, Kerry Girona and Andrea Laing, both discovered a passion for sports at a young age and translated their hobbies into careers as fitness coaches fueled by the international Fit Body Bootcamp phenomenon. Each 30-minute boot-camp session coalesces cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility moves that together conduct the kinesthetic symphony of the entire body. Kerry and Andrea design a new workout for each class, detouring muscles away from the plateaus that often come with traditional workouts or glacial hiking trips to Antarctica. Workouts convene indoors, where fit-centric accouterments such as suspension trainers and battling ropes intensify workouts, and cushy foam floors keep joints happy and mute.
Along with classes, boot campers better bods with meal plans that can hasten exercise results by promoting internal fettle or by blueprinting a coup to unseat the Twinkie that controls the brain's cravings. With regular attendance, participants often note a slimmer physique highlighted by lean musculature.
Doctor of Chiropractic Ken Ross and the team at Lake Mary Health & Wellness keep bodies in balance with an array of natural hands-on therapies, including spinal adjustments, massage, and physical therapy. They also tend to the aesthetic needs of their clients within their onsite beauty studio, Lake Mary Body Contouring. Here, the technicians firm and tighten faces and bodies without resorting to surgery. First, they hold an in-depth, one-on-one consultation with clients to determine how they'll custom tailor their treatments. They might opt for a face-lifting microcurrent facial, a skin-sloughing microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting and tightening ultrasound or radio-frequency facial. To tackle unwanted fat, they use ultrasonic fat-reduction treatments, which are designed to help clients lose weight without dieting excessively or pushing their car to work every morning. The technicians track each client's progress throughout their treatments, which are noninvasive and require no downtime.
Alberto Buckeridge, Body's in Motion by Alberto's namesake, helms his vibrant, primary-colored gym with 15 years of experience to back his passionate personal training. Drawing from his bodybuilding background and degree in physical therapy, he has designed a variety of classes centered on building core muscles through full-body workouts while preventing injuries. During the TRX suspension classes, students strap into resistant bands⎯developing muscles by using their own body weight as resistance⎯and kettlebell training pairs cardio exercise with weightlifting. Providing one-on-one attention, Alberto also drafts individual training programs to help his patrons meet their fitness goals, from losing weight to completing a half marathon to uprooting a majestic redwood with just one hand. He strongly believes that "you are what you eat," and strives to help clients make healthy eating choices with nutritional coaching, urging them to not only get fit, but to lead an overall healthy lifestyle.
The staff at Medi-Weightloss Clinics heartens seekers of healthy lifestyles with a medically supervised weight-loss program that roves over medical history before delving into a personalized package that's quick to increase metabolism and slim figures. The program, featured on the Today show, begins with a consultation administered by a team of physicians and sultry magicians' assistants who test vital signs, run EKGs, perform a body-fat analysis with Tanita scales, and conduct a complete physical exam. An online resource center arms health-seekers with weight-loss tools, recipes, and fitness advice, and the clinic's signature supplements, dietary products, and exercise tools ably complement the program. Custom diet plans created by a medical professional, vitamin shots, and motivational guidance round out the weight-loss package and are sometimes supplemented by cheetah cubs to chase you around the block.