Although CrossFit Spokane?s 6,500-square-foot facility is a serious, no-frills training environment, owners Mike and Angela Gerry create a positive, encouraging atmosphere where novices and high-performance athletes alike can push themselves to the limit with cutting-edge training methods. During high-intensity CrossFit, male and female trainers emphasize functional movement and body control over the limited motion of machine-based workouts, drawing from a range of disciplines that includes gymnastics, weightlifting, and functional fitness. They constantly change up the routine, ensuring they prevent muscle boredom and hit all of the 10 fitness domains, which include strength, speed, power, endurance, stamina, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. In addition to CrossFit, they fill their wide program menu with sport conditioning for adults and teens, personal training, and a corporate wellness program.
The Lab doesn't rely on boring bouts on a treadmill to get its clients in shape, but science-based workouts built upon the foundations of functional movement, strength training, and stamina boosting. Members tackle high-energy routines of kettlebell moves, pushups, and pull-ups, or flexibility-building yoga sessions.
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 up to 500 calories with each go-round.