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.
Despite the strengthened core she’d gained while obtaining a Pilates certification, Jennifer Martin found her balance and flexibility taxed when she attended her first ever hot-yoga class. Now, she heads Bodhi Hot Yoga, where students chart the same progress through Vinyasa-style poses tweaked to cultivate toned muscles and increased balance. Performed in heated studios that encourage detoxification and increased pliancy, hot yoga sessions also help students of all fitness levels promote weight loss, increase vitality, and reduce pent-up stress. Classes take place multiple times daily, with private sessions available upon request.
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.
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.
Committed boot campers at TRXtreme Boot Camp are all assigned their own coach, who periodically calls them up to provide advice, encouragement, and accountability. The coaches aren’t the stereotypical hollering drill sergeants—they motivate and push campers so that they leave each workout proudly exhausted for having challenged themselves. During each 45-minute boot camp, participants strengthen their core muscles and sculpt their bodies using TRX-suspension training bands, which use body weight as resistance during varying exercises. Workouts constantly change, with coaches getting groups to do exercises that may include squatting twirling heavy ropes, or flipping tires from comically large clown cars. The gym's rubber floor also makes impacts easier on joints so everyone can battle through workouts unhindered.