If the boxing ring and punching bags don't give away GymOne's focus, the staff will. The gym's trainers include boxer and mixed-martial-arts fighter Timothy Parker, martial artist Paul Booe, and boxer Jared Robinson, a talented light welterweight who was ranked number two in his division by USA Boxing in 2008. Together, they manage an array of fitness programs for fighters and athletes alike, including boxing, boot camps, personal training, and grueling OneFit cross-training classes that are designed to improve athletic abilities such as strength and speed.
Inside the 6,500-square-foot interior of CrossFit Allegiance, chiseled athletes and first-time students work and play using modern fitness methods and equipment. Each Workout of the Day (WOD) may include a bout of Olympic lifts, a turn on the gymnast’s rings, or a springy set of box jumps. The key is to keep workouts intense and muscles confused, and beginners may be surprised when they find themselves bounding up thick climbing ropes or pulling weight sleds across the swath of AstroTurf. All workouts can be scaled to meet the fitness needs of each student, allowing experienced athletes to train alongside senior citizens.
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.
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.
At CrossFit QC, dedicated instructors lead students through a highly varied strength and conditioning program based on functional movements. The workouts include a combination of running, jumping, squatting, lifting, and climbing exercises, ideal for total-body fitness or preparing to run from a pack of monkeys. All students begin with an assessment so that instructors can work to place students in levels that are appropriate for their own workout goals and fitness ability. When students are not toning their bodies at the gym, they can visit the Coach’s Corner on the website to find further information and inspiration to lead fit and healthy lives.
As illustrated throughout the photo albums on their Facebook page, the trainers at CrossFit SouthEnd are all about a diverse workout. They push students through myriad exercises, from world-class lifts and pull-ups to classic sprints and kettlebell lifts. Each session incorporates a wide array of training modalities that utilize full-body, functional movements to craft a high-intensity workout program that is different every day. To prevent injury during the intense, one-hour workouts, trainers make sure to teach students proper form, such as keeping the lower back tight during dead lifts or keeping the pinkies up during British sit-ups.