To take a cue from Spock, there are a number of coolly rational reasons to prefer the workouts at CrossFit Vulcan. First, the system stresses variation, ensuring the workouts don't become repetitive and dull. Besides that, CrossFit is adaptable; trainers can easily alter routines to make them suitable for students of all ages and fitness levels. And of course, it helps that every student takes an introductory course on the fundamentals of the technique before beginning, since that means everyone in the class is prepared for what's to come. But setting aside all those logical reasons for liking CrossFit, the system also has a visceral appeal. Listen in on a class and you may hear everything from grunts and laughter to sighs of relief and ululation.
Equipment: Precor, Cybex, Life Fitness
Students should bring: Just bring yourself. We have towels, water, and lockers.
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Larkin, General Manager
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep our members motivated by constantly coaching and encouraging them.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain?? Why or why not?
No, pain is not always to answer to reaching your goal. Consistency gets better results with fewer injuries.
At Steel Mill Crossfit & Gym, a team of trainers helps students set and meet fitness goals. Daily classes incorporate a workout of the day, which is scaled in intensity to suit the fitness level of each individual. Exercisers also receive nutrition instruction and one-on-one guidance during the small-group sessions.
Adam Mindick, the founder of Fitness Driven Results, isn't a drill sergeant. Instead, during his outdoor fitness classes, he relies on open feedback and encourages teamwork and camaraderie to help his exercisers achieve their fitness goals. Groups meet at local parks, and on any given day, they may be asked to lift kegs, slam sledgehammers against tires, or engage in body-weight exercise. But some people work best in a one-on-one setting, so Adam also schedules personal-training sessions at Fit for Life or at customers' homes. Class are ideal for all ages and fitness levels.
At Z CrossFit, certified trainers guide members of all ages, body types, and fitness levels to break through personal goals and achieve a newfound sense of strength, health, and well-being. Although the gym's training methods were honed through founder Keith Zumar's years of service in elite positions in the Navy, each boot-camp and personal-training session motivates students through positive encouragement in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Brick City Health & Fitness combines exercise with pampering. Personal trainers supervise clients as they pull weighted cables, curl free weights, and work out on machines. For those interested in group training, multiple fitness studios host Zumba, Pilates, and functional fitness classes. But post-workout, the pampering begins. A heated whirlpool and a red-cedar dry sauna help clients relax, and an onsite full-service salon with facials and massages furthers the spa-like experience.