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.
The mind isn’t the only body part that grows bored with repetition. Muscles also need constant variation to grow and function properly, and few workouts provide this variation more than CrossFit, an intense exercise program that engages muscles with a series of functional movements. In fact, “engagement” is a good word to describe the entire philosophy behind CrossFit. The program’s instructors do everything in their power to keep participants engaged, motivated, and working so hard that boredom is no longer an option.
All of this is evident at CrossFit MNC gym, where participants push and pull weighted sleds, hold themselves high on gymnastics rings, and flip over tractor tires on a daily basis. Instructors stand by to offer instruction and shouts of encouragement as participants raise their chins aloft during pull-ups or head outside to fling cars across the parking lot. The gym’s ever-changing workouts blend gymnastics, running, rowing, and weightlifting—all of which are customized to suit individual levels of fitness.
When he became a full-fledged CrossFit student, Nathan Stewart realized that it wasn't just the results that kept him returning to the squat rack. Sure, he was a fan of the program and its scalable workouts—weight-lifts, gymnastics techniques, and drills that adjust to suit anyone's fitness level—but they weren't the secret, addictive ingredient. That was community, or, as his bio puts it, "the joys of suffering with others rather than solo."
Today, Nathan teaches at his own CrossFit gym, CrossFit Indian Trail. His staff includes a police officer, a martial artist, and a former wrestling state champion. They all lead classes that emphasize sound form and the challenge of varied exercises. However, that feeling of community that drew Nathan to the program remains top priority. With their welcoming, supportive attitudes, his staff ensures that every student feels like part of the gym's family, whether they're tackling their first burpee or their thousand-and-first pinkie-only pull-up.
Featuring exercises that vary each session, boot-camp classes at Body by Buck prove that there's a difference between a workout and a routine. Founder Buck Buhler isn't fond of routine himself; he spent time as a football player, a wrestler, a personal trainer, and even a firefighter. His boot-camp sessions take advantage of his diverse fitness experience, helping participants of all fitness levels improve their condition through widely varied exercises including agility drills, core strengthening, weight training, and relay.
The minimalist environs at CrossFit Pineville's gym keep the focus where it belongs: on training. Equipped with weights and ample space for workouts, the gym plays host to regular CrossFit sessions. Group programs include individually tailored workouts and nutritional suggestions to help members achieve their personal fitness goals.
South Charlotte Crossfit is more than just a gym. Instead of leaving visitors to work out on their own, the team of instructors—including former athletes and two competitive-weightlifting coaches—fosters a supportive community spirit by embracing CrossFit’s group fitness regimen. The highly varied sessions provide full-body workouts by combining a variety of functional exercises, which can incorporate everything from medicine balls and chin-ups to free weights and sprints. To ensure that attendees safely push themselves while still getting suitably challenging workouts, the instructors allow each member of the class to either modify or intensify the exercises to complement their capabilities and fitness levels.