CrossFit Duck Creek’s coaches design workouts that include varied functional exercises steeped in the best parts of gymnastics, strength training, and Olympic lifting principles. Though the workouts change constantly, exercises may regularly include body weight movements and variations on moves such as squats, presses, and Olympic lifts such as the clean and jerk. Classes maintain a high coach to athlete ratio, and often tackle official CrossFit Workouts of the Day such as the "Helen," which includes sets of running, kettlebell swings, and pull-ups.
At Pilates Meditation Center, clients can participate in group lessons or get individual attention from an English- and Spanish-speaking BASI-trained instructor in one-on-one lessons. The instructor helps clients build strength, work through injuries, and tone muscles in the intimate, fully equipped studio using exercise balls, a Reformer, a combo chair, and even a Tower to help lengthen the body and build core strength.
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Nicole Shaw and Brandon Hartsell opened the studio in an effort to create a consistent, reliable stretching space for students of all skill sets as well as a yoga program that combines hot yoga with regular yoga in a delicious yoga stew. Instructors are required to complete more than 500 hours of yoga schooling—including training in anatomy, philosophy, ethics, lifestyle, and technique—before getting the green light to lead lessons wearing a cape and holding a yoga whip.
Beginner-friendly health and vitality is a 90-minute course that will help you perfect 34 postures in a climate-controlled studio. At the beginning of the year, try a class in the Intro Series, meant to remove your yoga fear by helping those who are intimidated understand the practice. Yoga veterans can challenge themselves to the stamina and strength class, which helps hone movement and breath, and move at a more vigorous pace. View a list of all courses here, with specifics regarding temperature, humidity, duration, skill level, and ghost likelihood. Redeem your voucher at either the Triangle or North Hills Center location (see locations by scrolling down to the bottom of this page).
Testimonials praise Sunstone Yoga for aiding in weight loss and pain removal:
- After about 6 months he told me my posture was better, the sway in my back had diminished and that my overall health had improved. – Charles Opheim
- I like to practice yoga at the end of the day because it helps me to integrate, accept and release. Yoga is about strength, balance, focus, self control and clarity. – Ed Rankin
- Not only has yoga shaped my appearance, it has been instrumental in shaping my heart and soul. – Rachel Davidson
Trainer and fitness guru Justin Bradshaw modeled SGT. H20's CombatSwim after the rigorous training he received as an Army diver. His challenging exercises encourage full-body fitness, using workouts that build stamina, boost metabolism, improve swimming skills, and promote weight loss. Incorporating the best of land-based cross-training systems, CombatSwim includes plenty of high-intensity interval training and pulse-hiking calisthenics. In the pool, water adds extra resistance that amplifies the effects of the exercises, which include swimming sprints, endurance swimming, and treading water with weights. Designed to sharpen the mind as well as the body, CombatSwim leaves exercisers with the same confidence and conditioning as some of the world's elite military warriors.
Thomas Volmer credits his wife, Rachel, for inspiring them to start helming boot camps. She wasn’t always a fitness guru, though. "She was a commercial banker and she was 70 pounds overweight," Volmer recalls. Once she started to reclaim her life, "she just fell in love with fitness," he says. She eventually dropped 80 pounds with proper exercise and nutrition, spurring her to earn her AFAA personal training certification and pursue a career as a full-time trainer.
Personal experience lends Rachel and the other trainers—including Sharon Monk, who lost more than 200 pounds by exercising and eating healthily—empathy and a motivating demeanor when working with campers. At each location, they get groups doing pushups, swinging kettlebells, and flipping tires in a positive environment that's focused on teamwork, rather than competition. "You start as a group, you finish as a group," says Thomas. "But the activities that you do in between might be different based on your abilities."
In addition to leading sessions, Rachel creates easy-to-use online meal plans (including a vegetarian plan), which campers can customize to help them stay on track. Options range from the simple, such as cereal with fruits, nuts, and flaxseeds, to the creative, including honey-sweetened oatmeal peanut-butter cookies. She also includes the calorie count for each recipe. Users can pick from simple meals made for one person or larger entrees designed with an entire family or pet elephant in mind.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We form a unique bond between instructor, members, and their children. Clients feel like they are part of a big sweaty family. If you miss a class, your instructor or peers will ask you why. Involving the children in our classes keeps them entertained and becomes a part of their daily routine.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We recently did an eight-week challenge and one of the members lost 12% body fat and 8% average inches.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
It started when I first attended Baby Boot Camp when my first child (now 4.5) was only 8 weeks old. I felt challenged, inspired by the other members, and like a new person. I started attending classes five–six days a week and quickly lost all my baby weight and gained friends. I decided after five months that I wanted to share my experiences with other moms and trained to become an instructor. Four years later, I love Baby Boot Camp just as much as when I first started, and feel passionate about helping other moms develop a love of fitness, too.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This program is unique to other fitness programs because of the group dynamic we create. The members become friends and turn to one another for parenting advise and support. We also host play dates, Mom's Night Out events, and family events to bring the members together outside of the workout.
Equipment: Slastix resistance tubing, flat bands, mommy muscle balls, Karna bar
Students should bring: Child in stroller, water bottle, towel or mat, and snacks/toys for child
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot