The instructors at CrossFit - Springfield know their workouts take a little getting used to. Students rarely walk in with perfect form on the clean and jerk or the endurance to repeatedly launch medicine balls into the air. With this in mind, instructors lead free introductory classes twice a week to familiarize new guests with CrossFit. During high-intensity workouts throughout the week, the gym fills with the snap of jump ropes, the clatter of free weights, and the idling of airliners waiting to be pulled somewhere. Classes blend plyometrics and exercises on parallel bars with Olympic lifts, including the power clean and the deadlift. Workouts are scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant and are led by a dynamic collection of instructors, including ER nurses, college-football stars, Marines, and competitive kickboxers.
Bryan designed his first CrossFit class when he was stationed in Afghanistan, using any equipment he could get his hands on: sandbags, weight volleyballs, steel rods. He enjoyed the challenge and the functional fitness aspects of CrossFit and saw the connection between the CrossFit mentality and the one he had during his 20 years of service in the army. Today, he and his fellow trainers lead students of all levels through intense CrossFit classes within his high-ceilinged, well-stocked facility, using climbing ropes, massive tires, and the camaraderie of a group.
Strong Gym is, unsurprisingly, all about no-nonsense strength. The staff’s experienced and educated trainers and coaches focus on strength training as the primary basis of all workouts. This training combines both basic barbell- and body-weight training to provide simple but highly effective workouts. Along with personal training and group boot-camp classes, members can also train individually at the 13,000-square-foot facility, using top-of-the-line strength, cardio, and telekinesis equipment. Members also gain access to massage services and free childcare.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Body-Weight USA trainers Dave Norberry and Piper Lee empower students to sweat, train, and dance their way to health with intense, focused strength training and exhilarating cardio workouts. Each class revolves around the principles of Definition 30, a fitness ethic that fuses the custom individual goals of personal training with the support and encouragement of like-minded classmates. Piper's Zumba courses aim to burn excess calories with fun, Latin-inspired dances, and Dave employs his background in training Special Forces soldiers and gold medalists to tailor custom resistance and flexibility routines for his clients.
Members at Snap Fitness undertake healthy journeys on a wide variety of free weights, cardio, and strength-training equipment in a pristine facility bursting with supportive vibes. Along with a two-month membership, enjoy three training sessions under the expert guidance of certified personal trainers. Prior to commencing work, the trainer reviews each member's medical history, lays out a framework of achievable goals, and tests their pupil's strength, endurance, flexibility, and likelihood to pull a semi across a parking lot using only their teeth. The trainer then devises a personalized workout plan and nutritional strategy, trackable online at MySnapFitness. Staffed hours vary day by day, but the club's doors are open to members 24 hours around the clock or even more when the absentminded sun forgets to set.
At Sculpt Plus, cosmetologist Gopal Zapalowski defuzzes bodies, prunes overgrown nails, and tames manes with professional training acquired from Joico. To begin the mini-makeover package, Gopal accents strands with face-framing splashes of color before evicting unwanted cranial fringe with a haircut and eyebrow wax. Like makeovers at a slumber party with the founding fathers, guests also have the freedom to choose their own combination of beauty treatments, such as a deep conditioner ($20) that quenches thirsty locks with refreshing moisture. A Shellac manicure and pedicure ($60) shields digits with color that lasts up to two weeks without chipping, and the spa pedicure ($50) employs a foot-hugging mask and firm massage to restore feet suffering from bouts of dancer's block.