At the helm of CrossFit Lawrence is owner Thomas Thatcher. Certified in everything from CrossFit to USA Weightlifting and CPR, he also relies on his experience as a black belt to lead CrossFit classes that are equally eclectic. During those classes, Thatcher and his team of certified instructors guide participants through daily workouts that incorporate varied, functional movements. They get participants flipping giant tractor tires, lifting weights, and throwing medicine balls, all of which use everyday movements and work every muscle group. Their encouraging shouts rattle the walls of the brand-new 6,000-square-foot facility, which brims with a massive bouldering wall and $30,000 worth of CrossFit gear.
HealthRidge Fitness Center is all about options. From more than 80 weekly group exercise classes to sprawling facilities that include a 1/8-mile indoor track, racquetball courts, and cardio machines with personal TVs, both beginning and advanced exercisers can find an activity that moves at their preferred pace. Guests get pumped up in boot-camp sessions taught by instructors who have been certified in a military-instructor training course led by Army National Guard master fitness trainer and staff sergeant Ken Weichert. To calm the mind, a yoga or Pilates class reduces stress while strengthening core muscles. The center also features a workout area and classes designed specifically for kids.
In warm weather, an outdoor pool decorated with a natural-looking rock formation invites swimmers to splash about a tranquil waterfall. Exercisers can unwind after a workout with a pedicure, a massage, or a facial at the Spa at HealthRidge, which has been named one of America?s Top 100 Spas by SpAwards. The caf? and lounge area offers nutritious meals and a cozy fireplace that is ideal for soothing achy muscles or burning cheat-day pages torn from food journals.
CrossFit is a tough system of intense functional exercises, but CrossFit On Track's coaches do everything to keep spirits high and students focused on fitness. For one, they scale workouts to individual abilities. Secondly, they give their crew a new workout each day to tackle. That keeps boredom at bay and muscles from plateauing. They also approach classes with positivity, offering support and motivation every step of the way. On top of all that, they provide childcare, specialized weight-loss programs, and even kids' CrossFit classes.
A person's previous gym experience and current fitness level don't matter at CrossFit Topeka. Instead, the co-owners?Rob and Desi Jensen?host high-intensity workouts intended to be challenging, yet accessible for anyone. These CrossFit workouts are structured around sequences of exercises based on functional movements, such as swinging kettlebells, sprinting, deadlifting weights, and making origami cranes out of sheets of aluminum siding. By constantly changing the structure of the daily workouts, the trainers ensure that CrossFit never becomes a matter of routine and mindless repetition. Every class provides attendees with the opportunity to safely challenge themselves by slightly increasing the load of an exercise while maintaining the same intensity. With the support of the trainers and the entire rest of the class, students can find the motivation to continue pushing their limits without sacrificing proper form and risking injury, simultaneously building strength, flexibility, balance, agility, and cardiovascular endurance over time.
Luke Denney, a certified CrossFit and MMA conditioning coach, lays claim to a storied athletic career: A national championship with the University of Nebraska football team, a regional soccer championship with Rockhurst University, and experience as a mixed martial artist reside inside his inner trophy case. To keep his body in game-day shape, he founded a training center in his garage. His goals would soon outgrow the humble space, blossoming into CrossFit Diem?s professional-grade gym.
When he?s not busy readying professional UFC contenders for fight night, Coach Denney guides everyday exercisers down the road to better health with CrossFit?s functional movements and intense workouts. His accessible and inclusive program focuses on strength building and endurance, making it a favorite regimen for those in tough, hard-hitting occupations such as police officers, special-operations soldiers, and professional rock eaters. CrossFit Diem?s enthusiastic community of students spans all genders, ages, and fitness levels, welcoming newcomers into a world of rippling biceps, toned abs, and well-hurtled medicine balls.
Owner Scott Lofquist and his team of trainers welcome professional athletes and first-time lifters alike at CrossFit I35. Their only requirement is that you never say, "I can't." They focus on high-intensity strength-training regimens while emphasizing functional technique, which prepares patrons for effortlessly scaling flights of stairs or carrying a sumo wrestler back home after a night of hard partying. Their sessions cover strength-building workouts from the perennially popular kettlebell sessions to the extreme muscular challenge of Olympic lifting exercises. With ever-changing routines, the trainers help patrons battle workout boredom and sculpt more chiseled physiques.