For CrossFit Medina?s owner and coach Jim Cartwright, CrossFit is about more than a successful workout that doesn?t get boring?it?s also about the community. When FOX8 visited CrossFit Medina, they stumbled into an electric atmosphere that showed groups of athletes working together to accomplish their goals, much like a group of ants would work together to bench-press a tomato.
CrossFit students submit themselves to the Workout of the Day (WOD), a constantly changing workout that can be as short as 2 minutes or as long as 35 minutes. The programs blend principles of fitness disciplines such as strength training, cardio training, and gymnastics, forming routines that are anything but routine. Though the moves vary, students might be expected to row on the rowing machine, perform Olympic-style weight lifts, and execute conditioning exercises such as box jumps, pull-ups, and dips among others. All the while, CrossFit Medina?s trainers encircle the class, lending tips and giving individual attention to students when necessary.
Evolve owner John Cook has competed in wrestling, power lifting, mixed martial arts, grappling, and jiujitsu. Over 20 years he's also taught thousands of people of all ages to do the same. The reason for his success: a fundamental and common-sense approach to fitness that focuses on self-confidence and mental conditioning as well as strength training and physical conditioning. To bolster this rounded strategy, he serves up varied functional workout routines that draw upon body weight and kettlebells, as well as classes that teach Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. Regardless, at all times?throughout 80 training options each week?five skilled coaches remain onsite to ensure students use proper form and refrain from trying to bench press each other.
The trainers at Root 18 CrossFit, formerly known as Cross 18, are dedicated to body transformation and meeting the goals of their clients through cross training, nutritional counseling, and stress-management clinics. They help those struggling with weight loss, as well as those working to stay in shape or achieve higher fitness levels, through daily workouts that incorporate everything from planks and rope-climbing to the use of resistance bands and gymnastics rings. By changing up the routines each time, they help stave off boredom while maintaining focus on achieving goals. The team also has classes designed to ease in newcomers, as well as classes for teens.
A Greek-themed fitness center might conjure the images of ancient Olympic events, but at Mediterranean Fitness, chariot races and javelin poles are nowhere in sight. Instead, crisp white architecture and ocean-blue accents decorate the boutique gym where exercisers build strength and self-confidence among free weights, modern cardio machines, and daily fitness classes including hot yoga and cycling. Complimentary childcare keeps kids busy while parents work up a sweat training for arm-wrestling matches with Zeus.
At Unlimited Movement, certified Pilates teacher Laura helps clients improve their form and master new exercises in focused classes that tailor techniques to each client's level of experience. Exercisers can sweat away pounds and improve their strength in group classes such as exhilarating Zumba, Pilates-and-boxing hybrid Piloxing, and traditional mat Pilates.