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.
Each day, CrossFit 913's trainers design new routines daily to keep boredom from setting in and to ensure all muscles get an ample workout. This constant variation prepares students for all brands of physical activity, including athletic pursuits and everyday acts such as carrying the laundry. They also assign exercises based on their functionality, which improves all domains of fitness, including strength, speed, and agility. Furthermore, the system is flexible, allowing the trainers to scale workouts to each member's abilities and fitness levels. Before diving into the deep end of CrossFit, however, all students must begin with specialized beginner classes that instruct them on basic movements and proper technique to ensure safety.
CrossFit Wild Prairie director Anna Martin is a powerful presence. Since the age of 14, she's built a record of fitness achievements, culminating in a 2014 Master?s World Championships title, a weightlifting coaching practice, and becoming one of the rare women to own her own CrossFit gym. But there's no need to be intimidated?in her CrossFit classes, she reaches out to people of all ages and all abilities, ensuring that each move can be adapted as needed. Members feel safe and supported as they build strength through workouts that borrow from strength training, plyometrics, and other disciplines.
It's easier to tackle a goal when you have support, and at SKO Fitness, a variety of options await exercisers in search of a community. In addition to personal training, coaches also conduct partner training sessions, which give trainees the chance to have a guided workout with a friend, spouse, or parole officer. Meanwhile, up to four friends can opt for group training, as can sports teams looking to tone up together. Then, of course, there are the fit camps, which are group programs that feature high-energy workouts scalable to exercisers of different abilities.
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.
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.