The workout of the day from February 18, 2013 best exemplifies the sort of workout that exercisers receive from CrossFit North Salt Lake. It was called “Cindy” and it challenged exercisers to repeat a sequence of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats for 20 minutes. Like all of CrossFit’s daily workouts, the exhausting “Cindy” workout relied on quickly and intensely performed functional movements to forge stronger muscles, but it was scalable to the fitness level of each individual participant.
Seasoned fitness coaches Andrew Ettinger and Walter McClenton motivate exercisers through each of these workouts. Through their program, Ettinger and McClenton emphasize variety and unpredictability to prepare participants for any physically demanding task in life, whether playing a full-contact sport or wringing sweat from The Hulk’s jersey after he plays a full-contact sport. Ettinger holds a degree in exercise science, and his rigorous training approach contrasts his personal laidback demeanor and gets a dose of whimsy from the reggae he plays during workouts. His partner, McClenton, is a certified personal trainer through NASM and used to start at safety for the Utah State football team.
Introduced to the community under the name Revolve Aerial Dance, Aerial Arts of Utah changed hands when the original owner moved back to her hometown. It passed to Annie Kocherhans and Deborah Eppstein, two longtime local business owners who loved the exercise form so much that they decided they had to keep the business alive. To help them, they assembled a team of teachers with a slew of qualifications that includes a degree from the New England Center for Circus Arts and a master of fine arts in modern dance.
Staffers teach nine classes in the aerial and semi-aerial arts, including courses that focus on the introductory basics, acroyoga, and aerial silks. They also teach the fundamentals to kids aged 7–12 and offer teen-specific classes that cover age-appropriate topics, such as learning how to gracefully catapult into the sunroof of Justin Bieber’s limo. When not instructing aspiring flyers in circus skills, the team performs in cities throughout Utah, demonstrating how to use the trapeze, silks, and the tippy lyra—also known as a flying hoop.
Soul Food Living helps people find their optimal body through a combination of health coaching, nutritional recipes, and rebounding exercise classes. Its owner advocates all of these methods as ways to gain a passionate and invigorating life.
Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
Under the glimmering light of a rotating disco ball, Studio Azul's Zumba instructors lead upbeat dance-inspired classes suitable for students of all fitness levels. Spicy Latin tunes pumping from the studio's suspended speakers animate the easy-to-follow steps, which create an exhilarating workout that burns calories and hones wedding-reception material. Blond wooden floor planks help reduce impact to skeletons delicate and sturdy as they shimmy and shake across the room. Studio Azul's seven-day schedule grants ample fodder for especially dedicated students, and the consistently high-energy levels of the instructors help motivate students as they rhythmically traipse toward improved fitness.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.