In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.
Perhaps what sets Drive Health & Fitness apart is its trio of owners: they include a personal trainer and nutritional consultant, a doctor specializing in obesity prevention, and Nick Groff, a paranormal investigator on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Or maybe what sets Drive apart is the fact that members can access the equipment 24 hours a day. Those who prefer to work out in groups can opt for fitness classes or yoga sessions, and personal trainees work with trainers who each have at least 10 years' experience.
Maybe what draws some exercisers are the club's amenities, such as the dry saunas, glass-walled showers, juice bar, and onsite childcare. Whatever guests like most about it, they enter Drive Health & Fitness to find a laser focus on health and a sea of smiling faces ready to help them meet their goals.
Equipment: LifeFitness, Synrgy360, Hammer Strength, Precor, Marpo, battle ropes
Students should bring: Water, clean closed-toed shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Fuel Training Studio turns routine workouts into challenging tests of mettle, keeping muscles and minds engaged and healthy with one-on-one training or community-focused group classes. Cofounders Jeanne Carter and Julie Bokat, and their staff of eminently skilled trainers, educate pupils in their unique Fuel training method, which has been formulated through years of training and extensive certifications.
Fuel's philosophy focuses on helping clients through their everyday family life and activities by building functional strength?keeping muscles guessing with intense bursts of cardio and strength training that boost metabolism and efficiency. Clients enhance their muscle tone and agility with indoor barbell and heavy-bag boxing techniques, or Versus cable-suspension training. Outdoor boot-camp classes combine strength, core-building, and cardio workouts into fun packages, allowing students to build rippling abdominal muscles while they admire waterfront scenery and challenge songbirds to wrestling matches.
Angel Baez put more than 14 years of personal-training experience into Intense Physique Personal Training. He uses his specialized training in sports conditioning, kettlebell workouts, and nutrition to help clients achieve their fitness goals during one-on-one and group boot-camp sessions. He begins each personal-training program with a detailed assessment of BMI and muscle strength, and he takes his boot-camp groups indoors and outdoors for intense TRX, heavy-rope, kickboxing, strength-training, and circuit exercises.
Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, certified trainer Bobby Spindell doesn’t rely on intensity alone to draw calories from his clients—he also uses rest periods as a fitness tool. Recognizing that fitness is a process that occurs in phases, he motivates clients during boot camps and training classes to complete the full number of reps before giving their muscles strategic rest periods. He advises clients on how to help their bodies recover for the next workouts with low-resistance training, proper sleep, and what to eat after workouts.