Rows of kettlebells, barbells, giant tires, and climbing ropes fill the inside of Warrior CrossFit. Each piece of equipment was carefully selected for its ability to mimic functional fitness?the epitome of the CrossFit workout. In addition to creating new exercises daily, certified CrossFit coaches oversee the fitness sessions, making sure every squat, pull-up, and Gatorade break is being executed with proper form. This sort of hands-on coaching allows members to safely improve their strength, flexibility, endurance, and metabolic conditioning.
The It's Glow Time 5K isn't your typical 5K race?unless your typical 5K route is dotted with "party zones." The zones' black lights make runners' neon outfits and face paint glow, and speakers in each zone blast jams to pump up racers. These areas aren't just in the middle of the race course, either. Both the start and the finish are party zones, though the finish line would be more aptly described as a full-on party for triumphant runners. A DJ spins amped-up tunes, racers wave glow sticks, and laser lights illuminate the festivities.
The certified trainers at Sweat, A Body Transformation recognize that boredom is one of the biggest reasons people give up losing weight. To keep workouts fresh and interesting, they have developed rigorous boot camp?style classes in which students get to sample a smorgasbord of workouts. Each morning and evening session has participants flipping tractor tires, toning cores with kettlebells, or honing functional strength by painting Mr. Miyagi?s fence. The expert trainers eschew shouting and intimidation, opting instead for positive reinforcement. After classes, students can cool down inside the center?s fully equipped locker rooms.
A good gym should provide its members with plenty of challenges, as long as none of them involve getting to the gym itself. The trainers at 319 Fitness work one-on-one with clients at their easily accessible downtown location. As an added convenience, the facility adjoins an ample parking lot where members can leave their vehicles or flip tractor tires still attached to tractors. Inside, trainers teach clients how to operate equipment in personalized training sessions geared toward helping each member realize their individual fitness goals.
ACE-certified personal trainer Cindy founded Cindy K's Fitness in 2001 as a workout invitation to women of every age and build. On the gym's exercise floor, equipment for weight, cardio and circuit training conditions muscles without exuding a competitive vibe. Personal trainers customize routines based on their client's goals, and group classes—which cover kettlebell swings, weightlifting for seniors, and ab-sculpting drills—rally students for communal reps. The gym's overarching focus on "fitness for the busy woman" remains evident in its varied class scheduling and infrared sauna, whose rays recharge laser pointers in time for same-day business meetings.
The coaches at Fit2Live—which include a former college-football conditioning coach and certified personal trainers—have watched more than 411 of their members lose more than 5,791 pounds as they went from leading a sedentary lifestyle to running a road race, competing in a triathlon, or completing a Tough Mudder. The motivating crew leads adult fitness programs including highly varied CrossFit classes and workouts designed specifically for men or women.