CrossFit Epidemic's trainers encourage clients to work toward their fitness goals by hosting vigorous workouts that accommodate almost all fitness levels. They lead participants through an ever-rotating tapestry of strength-building exercises and cardio work that culls elements from weightlifting, gymnastics, and metabolic conditioning, ensuring a whole-body workout that bolsters stamina while building muscle mass over time. Although the instructors let attendees control the intensity of each workout, they also keep class sizes small so that they can monitor each student’s technique and Jack LaLanne impersonation, as well as offer personalized feedback.
Back In Action founder Robert D. McLaughlin, D.C. and his team take an alternative approach to health and wellness. Rather than just treating ailments when they occur, they much rather keep bodies healthy to avoid illness all together. After they help relieve chronic pain with traditional chiropractic services and restorative exercises, they recommend that clients come back for occasional adjustments to prevent physical issues before they occur. Clients can also supplement chiropractic treatments with an array of stress-taming massages including Swedish, hot stone, and deep tissue. Back In Action also presents opportunities for clients to stay in shape with a full schedule of yoga, karate, and TRX-training classes.
Waves tumbling across sand is one of the most relaxing sounds. It is appropriate, then, given the name of her studio, that instructor Sue Wattenbarger has a soothing voice that doesn’t disturb the sense of calm in a room full of yogis. She calls on that calm demeanor, along with more than 200 hours of training, to guide students through restorative yoga classes. Sue specializes in lymphatic classes that help circulate fluids in the body and strengthen the immune system. The staff there is also experience with guided relaxation massage and yin yoga, which uses longer poses to increase mobility in the joints or make hiding in the National Mannequin Museum all day easier.
Hard Exercise Works helps clients improve their physical health with intense total-body workout regimens for all fitness levels and sage nutrition advice within a supportive fitness community. Dedicated coaches push attendees to reach their goals in classes that accommodate up to 50 students, ensuring pupils' safety by demonstrating proper technique. Each workout consists of an ever-changing sequence of intense exercises, intended to improve strength and stamina over a five-week period. In addition to a vigorous fitness regimen, the gym's nutrition philosophy promotes well-being outside of class sessions by either prescribing a five-week diet for students or teaching them how to photosynthesize their own food.
Stuart CrossFit designs classes that are unusual and fun, challenging students to flip tires and pull heavy sleds. Certified instructor Gina Galiano, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, found herself floundering as workouts became boring and tedious. A manifestation of the antidote she discovered, today Gina leads what she calls "eclectic" boot-camp sessions that change from week to week. By keeping the workouts fresh, she hopes to prevent participants from becoming bored and dangerously pretending their dumbbells are hand puppets. Based in cardio and strength training, Gina's 45- to 60-minute workouts eschew fitness-machine doldrums for weight work and exercises that elevate heart rates.
Workout America echoes with the sounds of a typical gym, clattering weights and purring cardio machines. There is also the chatter of patrons sweating their way through CrossFit-style functional workouts, one-on-one training sessions, and small classes in the boutique gym. The wide range of equipment at the gym can provide a complete workout, unlike a job guessing how much rocks weigh.