At CrossFit 262, John Schmidt?an NCSA certified coach and former All-American wrestler?does the same exercises as a child or a senior citizen. That's because CrossFit varies its workouts by intensity, but not by skill level. During introductory CrossFit 101 sessions, John and the rest of the staff teach newcomers all of the prerequisite movements for classes, including deadlifts, squats, cleans, and rope-climbing. The gym also hosts CrossFit Unloaded classes, which utilize lighter weights and don't require the CrossFit 101 series as a prerequisite.
At CrossFit West Allis, Coach Sara, Coach Kyle, and the rest of the crew lead their hard-sweating charges through a battery of functional exercises six days a week. Just as in the military or on a sports team, the group dynamic encourages participants to push themselves?and each other?harder and longer. The Workout of the Day might incorporate deadlifts, gymnastics stretches, or kettlebells on a given day, all designed to sculpt physiques and improve health at every stage of life.
Orangetheory Fitness Group Personal Trainers combine their muscle and anatomy expertise with the technology of heart-rate-monitoring devices to produce results for clients. They guide studio-goers through 60-minute workouts that rotate between treadmills, rowing machines, suspension body-weight training bands, and free weights. They use the heart-rate monitors to ensure that clients stay in the ideal calorie-burning zone as they engage larger muscles through weightlifting, encouraging the body to consume as much energy as possible.
The personal trainers at Vita Fitness work in tandem with licensed physical therapists to design custom regimens for clients of all fitness levels. After evaluating posture and weak areas in the body and appraising flexibility with a Twister test, the expert shape-shifters draw up workouts that may employ Woodway treadmills, Keiser strength equipment, free weights, and balls. Guests also get advice on weight loss and nutrition, as well as sport-specific training tips for everything from running to racquetball to underwater jai-alai. Six trainers on staff at the 3rd Ward gym and more at the Fox Point location easily accommodate schedules for early birds, lunchtime larks, and nighthawks. On-site extras include private lockers, showers, a smoothie bar, and off-street parking.
The Shape Up Shoppe Fitness Club for Women is a women's-only gym where members get in shape and have fun doing it, with a focus on group fitness classes. The class curriculum includes aerobics, boxing, Boxbag, and indoor bootcamp, among other disciplines, and interested parties can even sign up for personal training and lessons in tennis and sparring. Best of all, the club features a number of cool, club-like amenities, including a bamboo room and tiki deck where exercisers can cool down after class. The gym, which has been in its same location for 33 years, is family-friendly, catering to mothers and daughters alike.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.