CrossFit North Mesquite's vast gym space doesn't look very full at first glance. Pull-up bars sit close to walls, wall ball targets made of tape hovering above them. One whole corner of the room contains nothing but tractor tires, weight plates, and kettlebells. The rest of the floor sits basically empty. The trainers, however, make use of every square inch of this space during their daily exercise regimens, combining sprints, gymnastics, weightlifting, and plyometric exercises into new workouts each day.
At Danger City CrossFit, crews of fit-seekers push themselves and each other toward improved fitness through an ever-changing roster of movements. Taken together, the movements constitute the Workout of the Day, a regimen designed to build functional fitness that stays with the student throughout life. On a given day, the lineup might incorporate Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, or cardiovascular challenges, all of which can help the body participate in everyday tasks such as playing with kids or tossing heavy steaks at family members to feed them.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Equipment: Dumbells, plyometrics, high intensity, cardio and jump ropes, and much more
Students should bring: Water, towel, any shower necessities if needed, and flat shoes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Come in with a positive attitude, and be ready to try something new and challenging.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We encourage our clients to make small goals related to a skill learned and applied through classes. These skills develop quickly and are measurable results that you are getting better, stronger, and faster, without staying focused on a number on a scale. Having small goals to focus on and be excited about will make the process of achieving your ultimate weight-loss goal much more fun.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
We believe in getting comfortable with the uncomfortable. We don't want anyone getting injured. We want everyone to love and enjoy working out. However, you have to push through your comfort zone. You have to tell the little voice in your head that keeps telling you to give up that you're not stopping today. That you can push through discomfort and that is when changes happen. However, discomfort and injury are very different feelings.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Classes are for all levels of fitness and all ages. Don't be intimidated from what you've seen on TV or read online. We can adjust all workouts to fit anyone's fitness level. We want you to enjoy it and we want you to come back.
Instructors John Mariotti, a sixth-degree tae kwon do black belt, and Ellie McKenzie, a CrossFit-certified trainer, lead CrossFit Odyssey and Odyssey Martial Arts to raise their clients to new levels of personal and physical excellence. In martial-arts classes, Mariotti, combines the best elements of TaeKwon-Do, Brazilian jujitsu, and other martial arts to create a self-defense system that breeds fitness and the character of a true warrior. Mariotti's system teaches adults and children to embody fairness, integrity, confidence, and strength.
Conditioning is a top priority of the system, but it's not the only way clients can open their sweat valves. Mariotti and McKenzie, both CrossFit Games competitors, keep a strong focus on fitness with CrossFit classes. There, they utilize kettlebells, ropes, and a slew of weight-training equipment to tone up and slim down clients using CrossFit's specially designed, daily-changing functional-movement exercises.