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.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level (starting as young as 6 months) and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
At Guruv Yoga?s three locations, students of all skill levels and ages can pick from a wide variety of yoga classes, which are offered seven days a week. Instructors boast experience in various disciplines, ranging from intense Bikram yoga sessions to calming morning classes designed to wake up pupils with uplifting music and a ceremonial pajama burning. A meditation room at the Lake Mary location adds to the studio?s calming atmosphere and provides a room for pre-class centering or private yoga sessions.
Eric Dendy, a personal trainer for almost 20 years, opened Lift of Lake Mary as a private training studio where degreed and certified trainers work one-on-one with clients to encourage ongoing fitness development. The studio stockpiles free weights, machines, stability balls, and resistance bands. In each one-hour session, trainers change routines while honoring clients’ goals, from losing weight and reducing everyday aches to increasing energy and improving their ability to touch the top of Shaq’s head. Workouts can be tailored for any fitness level, including routines for those with injuries, those with special medical conditions, or for those whose natural strength crushes most workout equipment. For best results, Lift of Lake Mary recommends clients do a cardiovascular workout before or after each session.
In Balance’s seasoned yogis and certified trainers lead invigorating excursions into a realm of core-crunching, body-balancing classes. Those that yearn for yoga can flex their way to lean musculature with a variety of yoga classes, which include Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Power Yoga, Yoga for Weight Loss, and Yoga for Beginners. Pilates classes focus on slow, impactful choreography that benefits both amateur exercisers and pro core developers, and the beginner-friendly IB Barre class, which is taught by a team of trained ballet-dance instructors, uses a ballet barre as a tool to chisel calves and tighten rears. In Balance’s schedule offers more than 30 yoga and Pilates classes weekly.
Though Alberto Buckeridge has been a personal trainer for 15 years, he has also played football, competed as a body builder, and even earned a degree in physical therapy. So he understands how the human body works. As owner and head trainer at Lake Mary Fitness By Alberto, he lends his expertise to clients of all fitness levels, from novice exercisers to professional hockey players, footballers, and WWE wrestlers.
Over time, Alberto has developed an affinity for certain methods and equipment; he makes use of TRX suspension harnesses in almost all of his classes. He cautions clients, though, that their exercise regimen only constitutes a part of what they need to do to improve their bodies. The rest of their efforts should be devoted to eating properly, which includes cutting unhealthy fats, keeping protein intake high, and always chewing before you swallow.