At WMB Training Center, instructors help students achieve a mastery of both traditional and modern martial arts. Classes delve into ancient practices such as muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as more modern approaches such as submission grappling and mixed martial arts. In the gym, students can roll and grapple on bright blue and red mats, or bolster their strength with a quick free weight workout. All training is led by an impressive staff of fighters including a national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, MMA pros, judo black belts, and the only man to successfully tickle Chuck Norris.
X-treme Rock Climbing offers a vertical maze of more than 14,000 square feet of climbing. USA Climbing–certified route setters mark basic paths for beginners, along with challenging roofs and overhangs for more experienced scalers. The routes change often, lending a layer of surprise to each return visit. Skilled instructors also teach students to master indoor and outdoor rock-climbing techniques, which they can use to blaze new paths at parks or reach top-shelf cereal boxes in grocery stores. In addition to climbing, X-treme Rock Climbing helps patrons achieve physical-fitness goals with yoga classes, a fitness center, and an onsite pro shop.
A CrossFit session may incorporate rowing, running, gymnastics, and Olympic weightlifting, but first-timers shouldn't feel daunted: the difficulty of the workout scales to exercisers of all ages and fitness levels. The coaches at CrossFit Witness guide their students through these ever-changing routines six days a week. With continued practice, many have noted an increase in power, speed, coordination, agility, and flexibility.
Teri Sibal is kind of a kid at heart, traveling and playing in the great outdoors in her spare time. But her main passion is teaching children about exercise, nutrition, and wellness as an instructor at Kids & Fitness. There, she and her team of dynamic staffers lead students ages 5-15 down the path of healthier lifestyles, pairing kid-friendly exercise classes with nutritional programs that stress the importance of healthy eating. Adults, teens, and families also get in on the act, shedding pounds and building confidence in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
Founded in 2005 as a corporate wellness-consulting firm, Empower Health & Fitness Systems quickly expanded to bring health and fitness to the entire community. The company's fitness programs rely on three pillars of fitness success: effective exercise, effective eating, and motivation. Coaches sit down with clients to customize the most effective routines, bolstered by nutritional counseling and encouragement. Intense, 30-minute boot-camp-style workouts blast exercisers out of lethargy, and, when paired with yoga or TRX training, help them to reach their fitness goal, whether it’s sculpting a six-pack or building enough strength to bear hug a bear.
IMT CrossFit occupies a 10,000 square-foot facility, which—aside from some weights and ropes—is almost entirely empty. This blank canvas gives trainers plenty of room to exercise their imaginations and construct new workout regimens based on CrossFit’s core focus on functional movements.
The coaches spend six days a week—mornings and evenings—teaching students exercises designed to promote their musculoskeletal health and enhance the functions of their bodies. Using kettlebells, Olympic weights, and even gravity, clients work toward running faster, climbing better, and getting fitter. And because there are no mirrors in the facility, exercisers can focus their complete attention on their workout instead of constantly consulting their reflection to find out who is the fairest one of all.
The trainers at Sledge CrossFit do a lot for their clients: they give them the knowledge, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to dive into CrossFit’s full-tilt, functional workouts. But although trainers are always there with a guiding hand, final responsibility ultimately rests with the client. Coach Alexis Barraza, certified by USA Weightlifting, cultivates a culture of personal responsibility and camaraderie as members bang out brutal daily workouts in a spartan space lined with truck tires, medicine balls, and monkey bars. Barazza also oversees the gym’s powerlifting program, which can prep students for local and state competitions all the way up to the global level, where they try to unseat reigning champion Atlas.