Andres Schwartz, a US Navy SEAL veteran, casts a bemused gaze at a group of accountants, stay-at-home moms, and pharmaceutical reps as they scramble, sweat pouring into their eyes, over the military-style obstacle course that runs through his gym. He follows them to "The Beast"—an impossibly monstrous pull-up contraption where groups grapple with monkey bars, hoist themselves on rings, and shoulder weights at four squat racks. His unblinking gaze cants toward the ceiling watching a pupil's white-knuckled hand cling to the 12-foot climbing wall, before he turns toward the layered bars of "The Weaver"—a part of the obstacle course's outdoor component. He strolls, arms behind his back, over to a group whose neck tendons strain in unison as they heave against medicine balls, ropes, and kettlebells, the last step in the grueling circuit.
By amassing these functional training fixtures, Andres and his team of trainers prep guests to punch through life's everyday roadblocks. FTX stands for 'Final/Field Training Exercise', and makes up the drills that ensure military personnel are ready for an upcoming mission. FTX CrossFit, brings that concept to the gym, challenging exercisers to complete realistic, if somewhat exaggerated, physical challenges without cheating or cloning a stunt double. The gym's trainers demonstrate CrossFit's signature blend of gymnastics maneuvers, Olympic weightlifts, and bodyweight exercises during classes for both adults and children.
Nate Aye's life story is best organized by the form of exercise he was pursuing at any one point. In high school, he wrestled before joining the Marine Corps. After several tours of duty overseas, he came home and took up mixed martial arts. As he trained, he became fascinated by the stories of strong men from the past, who, without the aid of supplements or modern exercise science, performed feats of power that have yet to duplicated. So he studied their techniques and developed a program based upon their training tactics, which he now teaches at Golden Age Strength Club. In his classes, men and women work toward strong, lean bodies and improved athleticism, while actively supporting the community of dedicated exercisers around them.
Practicing his new methodology, Nate made it all the way to the Las Vegas finals for the 2012 American Ninja Warrior Contest. There, he swung from moving curtains, scaled perfectly smooth inverted walls, and broke a DVD of American Ninja in half just by looking at it.
Inclusiveness. That's a big reason the trainers at CrossFit Carol Stream subscribe to the CrossFit system. Not only is it effective, but its level of difficulty is scalable to all ages as well as skill and fitness levels. To get everyone in on the action, they adapt its slate of functional-movement exercises to suit each participant. Those movements are performed at a high intensity during workouts that change daily to stave off boredom. Workouts feature everything from Olympic weightlifting and sprints to lunges, pull-ups, and medicine-ball toss-back.
That's the other reason they love CrossFit—it's comprehensive. The cross-training techniques get everyone ready for all physical activities they may undertake, including simple household chores. And the coaches don't just throw everyone into the program and hope they hit the ground running. Instead, they begin with Fundamentals classes that help students nail down techniques and learn about supplementary nutritional plans.
At CrossFit Amplify, students won't waste time on a treadmill. Instead, they'll work on building strong, fit bodies with intense workouts led by certified CrossFit coaches Mike Viall and Scott Todnem and their staff. Their ever-changing Workouts of the Day challenge flexibility, strength, and stamina using functional movements and simple equipment such as kettlebells. Besides CrossFit sessions, the gym also hosts yoga, boxing, and other fitness classes to help students achieve their fitness goals.
People come to Elite Fitness Training with a wide range of goals: some might be trying to make the cut for a sports team, others just want to lose a few pounds. The diversity of clientele stems from the versatilty of the studio's co-founders Corey Honore and Dan Luif and their staff, who welcome all clients and can help people achieve nearly any fitness goal. Their recipe is positive motivation and group fitness classes such as circuit training, athletic training, and boot camps, which work the entire body, not just the fitness glands. In addition, Sharon E. Avendano and Aaron Petrynek spearhead the facility's Elite Boxing Athletic Conditioning program.
At CrossFit Arioch Level 1 certified trainer Alberto Diaz and his team lead groups of exercisers as they squat, sprint, and lift their way to better health. A different Workout of the Day awaits with every visit to the gym, complete with a fresh batch of functional exercises that helps performance in other areas of life, such as holding on tightly to the outside of an overcrowded carriage. The gym takes an all-inclusive approach to fitness, believing that every exercise can be scaled to suit individuals of any fitness level?and that every student has the capacity to improve.