CrossFit North Augusta fills its gym with gymnastics rings, Olympic-style weightlifting equipment, medicine balls, and sturdy wooden boxes.?This may seem like a random hodgepodge of equipment, but it's all carefully selected to aid in CrossFit's functional exercise regimen. And if you don't know what to do with, say, a kettlebell, don't worry; the certified trainers shout out instructions to keep everyone on track during the intense workouts.?Though CrossFit can be quite challenging (in fact, it's supposed to be), every exercise can be scaled to various levels of ability. When the weather's nice, workouts move outside, where students sprint along the beach and pull live oak trees out of the ground.
Renaissance Hot Yoga runs hot yoga classes six days a week, leading patrons through a series of 26 poses in a heated room. Sweating through the workout helps increase flexibility and holding poses strengthens muscles and joints. On Saturdays, the studio takes its yoga outside to local beaches and lakes to get a burst of inspiration from nature.
Tami, a trainer at North Augusta Martial Arts, leads groups through high-energy boot-camp sessions that quickly burn away calories. In addition to encouraging slimmer, svelter physiques, the classes improve cardiovascular health and endurance.
Bethany Roley and her all-female staff of certified group fitness instructors create a supportive environment for ladies get in shape. The great outdoors serves as the stomping grounds for their fit camp activities, and each one-hour session combines cardiovascular conditioning and muscle-toning exercises. Bethany also offers personal training sessions where she hones in on each client’s fitness goals.